Adhesion and reattachment of compound ascidians to various substrata: weak glue can prevent tissue damage.

@article{Edlund1998AdhesionAR,
  title={Adhesion and reattachment of compound ascidians to various substrata: weak glue can prevent tissue damage.},
  author={Anna F. Edlund and Mimi A. R. Koehl},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1998},
  volume={201 Pt 16},
  pages={2397-402}
}
Sessile, soft-bodied, compound ascidians are successful competitors for substrata in crowded benthic and epibiotic marine communities and can be effective colonists of new sites, through adult rafting and reattachment. Adhesion to the substratum is essential for these ecologically important functions; we therefore studied the material properties of colony attachment to various substrata in the rafting ascidians Botrylloides sp. We found that, compared with the strength of the colony tissues… CONTINUE READING