Journal of Exp. Zoology (Journal)

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The oxygen affinily of the blood of the hermit crab Pagurus bcrnhardus is temperature independent at constant physiological pH (7.8 to 8,0) reflecting zero overall heat of oxygenation under these conditions. Combined with the absence of an indirect temperature effect (via changed in vivo pH), this repre­sents a unique situation compared with previously investigated hemocyanins, and
reflects adaptations to stabilize hemocyanin 02 loading in the thermolabile natural environments.
Period1 Jul 1982
Type of journalJournal
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Hemocyanin, Temperature independence, Oxygen affinity, Hermit crabs, Pagurus