volume 99, issue 3, P295-300 2009
DOI: 10.1590/s0073-47212009000300011
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Abstract: ABSTRACT. Calcium (Ca) is essential for crustaceans, due to calcium carbonate (CaCO 3 ) deposition in the new exoskeleton to harden it. The purpose of this work was to study short term Ca balance in terms of dietary Ca ingestion in two phylogenetically related crabs (Superfamily Grapsoidea) showing different degrees of terrestrial adaptations: Sesarma rectum Randall, 1840 and Neohelice granulata (Dana, 1851). Dietary Ca ingestion was studied using purified diets with different Ca concentrations (0, 2.2 and 6.…

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