A symbiotic shell-encrusting bryozoan provides subtidal whelks with chemical defence against rock lobsters

@article{Gray2005ASS,
  title={A symbiotic shell-encrusting bryozoan provides subtidal whelks with chemical defence against rock lobsters},
  author={C. Gray and C. McQuaid and M. T. Davies-Coleman},
  journal={African Journal of Marine Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={27},
  pages={549 - 556}
}
  • C. Gray, C. McQuaid, M. T. Davies-Coleman
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • African Journal of Marine Science
  • The subtidal whelk Burnupena papyracea co-occurs with a voracious predator, the rock lobster Jasus lalandii, in situations where other potential prey are largely eliminated. The survival of B. papyracea has been ascribed to a symbiotic bryozoan, Alcyonidium nodosum, which characteristically encrusts the shells of this mollusc and deters feeding by J. lalandii. Although B. papyracea shells encrusted with A. nodosum were found to be stronger than non-encrusted shells, this bryozoan-induced… CONTINUE READING
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