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How does leg regeneration work?


Keith
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It's a lot easier to see in hermit crabs who have lost entire limbs.

This: http://i86.photobuck...ne.jpg~original

Became miniature gelly limbs in one week: http://i86.photobuck...bs.jpg~original

And in another week they were fully formed legs complete with hard exoskeleton: http://i86.photobuck...aw.jpg~original

After having hermits, regeneration is just another day in the molting tank. ;)

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It's a lot easier to see in hermit crabs who have lost entire limbs.

This: http://i86.photobuck...ne.jpg~original

Became miniature gelly limbs in one week: http://i86.photobuck...bs.jpg~original

And in another week they were fully formed legs complete with hard exoskeleton: http://i86.photobuck...aw.jpg~original

After having hermits, regeneration is just another day in the molting tank. ;)

It molted each week, that's bizarre!

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They can actually grow a missing limb into the gelly stage without molting. She only molted once at the end which is when she developed normal (albeit spindly and poorly working) legs. Whatever it is that triggers the exoskelton to fully form and harden around the new gelly limb(s) has to be triggered by a full molt.

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