Water Content

  • Eric B. Edney
Part of the Zoophysiology and Ecology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 9)


Over 99% of all the molecules in a living arthropod are water molecules, but because of the very high molecular weights of the large organic molecules of animal tissues, water content expressed as a precentage of total weight is very much less than its mole fraction—about 70%. In fact, as Table 1 shows, water content is very variable, both within and between species of arthropods, and we may briefly consider the reasons for such variability.


Water Reserve Total Water Content Normal Water Content Xeric Area Glossina Pallidipes 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric B. Edney
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine and Radiation BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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