The adult body plan is anatomically simple with about 1000 somatic cells. is amenable to genetic crosses and produces a large number of progeny per adult.
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The love dart allohormone (LDA) was isolated from extracts derived from mucous glands that coat the dart before it is stabbed through the partner's body wall.
We isolated LDA from extracts using bioassay-guided contractility measurement of the copulatory canal.
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Combined with our finding that the protein amino acid sequence resembles previously described molluscan buccalin precursors, this indicates that LDA is partially conserved in helicid snails and less in other molluscan species.
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It reproduces with a life cycle of about 3 days under optimal conditions.