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Contributions of aerobic and anaerobic energy production during swimming in the bivalve molluscLimaria fragilis (family limidae)

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Oxygen consumption rates (\(\dot V_{{\text{O}}_2 } \)) and a number of possible anaerobic end products were determined forLimaria fragilis at rest, and following active swimming.

\(\dot V_{{\text{O}}_2 } \) increased up to 8-fold (=4) during swimming. Swimming did not change the concentrations ofl-lactate, alanine or arginine phosphate in the single striated fast adductor muscle. Octopine, succinate andd-lactate were not detected in the adductor muscles of resting or active animals (<0.2 μmoles/g wet weight).

It is concluded that the slow sustained swimming displayed byLimaria utilises predominantly aerobic mechanisms of ATP production.

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Baldwin, J., Lee, A.K. Contributions of aerobic and anaerobic energy production during swimming in the bivalve molluscLimaria fragilis (family limidae). J Comp Physiol B 129, 361–364 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00686994

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  • Adductor Muscle
  • Arginine
  • Alanine
  • Succinate
  • Bivalve