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.
Mi = fixed effect of ith moulting (i = premoult
The inhibition of moulting process recruitment into premoult
is mediated by steroid hormone, 20-hydroxy ecdysone.