Single renal corpuscles of hagfish were perfused with a Ringer solution containing Ficoll 70 to simulate the colloid osmotic pressure of hagfish plasma. Simultaneous measurements were made of single glomerulus filtration rate (SGFR), perfusion pressure and the pressure in a vessel of the renal vasculature. The results confirm that SGFR is independent of pressure in the glomerular capillaries (PGC). The results also suggest that flow through glomeruli and SGFR are closely linked. Studies of the pressures in glomerular capillaries during periods when the perfusion rate was varied indicate that PGC reflects the area of the active capillaries and the rate of perfusion. Therefore, in the hagfish, PGC appears to be an effect of factors that cause glomerular filtration, not the main cause of that process.

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