optic gland

optic gland

[′äp·tik ‚gland]
(invertebrate zoology)
Either of a pair of endocrine glands in the octopus and squid which are found near the brain and produce a substance which causes gonadal maturation.
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Optic gland implants and their effects on the gonads of octopus.
The maturation process in many cephalopods results from the increased secretion of a gonadotropin by the optic glands (Wells & Wells 1959, Wells & Wells 1972, Wells & Wells 1975) and is associated with a reduction in somatic growth.
Optic glands and the state of the testis in octopus.
Gonadotropic mitogenic activity of the optic gland of the cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis, during sexual maturation.
Hormonal inhibition feeding and death in Octopus: control by optic gland secretion.
Optic glands and the endocrinology of reproduction.
Lest anyone doubt this is an example of programmed death, the locus of the program has been discovered in the animal's "optic gland." This organ can be surgically removed, after which the animal no longer knows it is supposed to starve itself; hence it survives to breed another season.
On the ultrastructure of the optic gland in Octopus.
Optic gland enlargement and female gonad maturation in a population of the octopus Eledone cirrhosa: a multivariate analysis.
Antigen-induced secretion in the optic gland of Octopus vulgaris.
Uptake of ferritin by the cephalopod optic gland. Cell Tiss.
It's the endocrine secretions of her two optic glands that eventually lead to her death.