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Summary Haemolymph PO2 and pH of two amphipod species, Apohyale pugettensis (aquatic) and Megalorchestia californiana (semi-terrestrial) in vivo were examined during immersion and emersion at 15 and 25°C, and also after activity in air at 15°C. For M. californiana arterial O2 tensions were higher in air than in water. This situation was reversed in A. pugettensis, although all O2 tensions measured for both species were comparatively high. No arterial-venous PO2 difference was apparent in the haemolymph of quiescent M. californiana. Haemocyanin (Hc) was 100% saturated in vivo only in the following; A. pugettensis in water (15 and 25°C) and air (15°C), and M. californiana in air (15°C). The Hc of both species becomes important in O2 transport during activity; under such circumstances the haemolymph of M. californiana delivered more O2 to the tissues than did that of A. pugettensis, despite the greater O2 content of the latter. The animals studied here may exhibit a stage (size class?) where cutaneous gas exchange is sufficient for resting aerobic metabolism while specialized respiratory carriers (and respiratory structures) are important in meeting the increased aerobic demands of activity or environmental stress.
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