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.