Anti-predatory chemical defenses of ascidians: secondary metabolites or inorganic acids?

@article{Pisut2002AntipredatoryCD,
  title={Anti-predatory chemical defenses of ascidians: secondary metabolites or inorganic acids?},
  author={D. Pisut and J. Pawlik},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology},
  year={2002},
  volume={270},
  pages={203-214}
}
  • D. Pisut, J. Pawlik
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Both secondary metabolites and inorganic acids have been hypothesized to protect adult ascidians from predation, raising the possibility of alternative defensive strategies in these sessile, soft-bodied, benthic invertebrates. [...] Key Method The palatability of crude organic extracts of whole ascidians, as well as the dissected tunics, viscera, and gonads (when possible) were determined at natural volumetric concentrations using laboratory feeding assays with the bluehead wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum…Expand Abstract
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