premoult

premoult

(priːˈməʊlt) or

premolt

adj
(Zoology) occurring in the period before an animal moults
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The smell of moulting: A'-acetylglucosamino-l,5-lactone is a premoult biomarker and candidate component of the courtship pheromone in the urine of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.
Haemolymph samples were collected weekly for lobsters in premoult and those that underwent moulting and the serum protein concentration was measured immediately; haemolymph samples continued to be collected from the moulted lobsters until the experiment was terminated.
The inhibition of moulting process recruitment into premoult is mediated by steroid hormone, 20-hydroxy ecdysone.