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Contribution of Raman spectroscopy to identification of biominerals present in teeth ofAcanthopleura rehderi,Acanthopleura curtisiana, andOnithochiton quercinus

Lee, A.P., Brooker, L.R., Van Bronswijk, W., Macey, D.J. and Webb, J. (2003) Contribution of Raman spectroscopy to identification of biominerals present in teeth ofAcanthopleura rehderi,Acanthopleura curtisiana, andOnithochiton quercinus. Biopolymers, 72 (4). pp. 299-301.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bip.10380
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Abstract

Raman spectroscopic investigations of the major lateral teeth of the chitons Acanthopleura rehderi and Acanthopleura curtisiana indicate that, in addition to the magnetite of the cutting surface and a carbonated hydroxyapatite in the central tooth core, these species deposit limonite in place of the lepidocrocite reported for other members of the genus Acanthopleura. A comparison of the spectra from these species with those of Onithochiton quercinus, which also deposits limonite, indicates that the current assignment of these species to Acanthopleura may not be appropriate. Biomineralization of the major lateral teeth may be a useful parameter to include in the taxonomic classification of chiton species.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2003 Wiley Periodicals
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/1737
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