Cheating the Locals: Invasive Mussels Steal and Benefit from the Cooling Effect of Indigenous Mussels

@inproceedings{Lathlean2016CheatingTL,
  title={Cheating the Locals: Invasive Mussels Steal and Benefit from the Cooling Effect of Indigenous Mussels},
  author={Justin A. Lathlean and Laurent Seuront and Christopher David McQuaid and Terence P. T. Ng and Gerardo Ivan Zardi and Katy R Nicastro},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2016}
}
The indigenous South African mussel Perna perna gapes during periods of aerial exposure to maintain aerobic respiration. This behaviour has no effect on the body temperatures of isolated individuals, but when surrounded by conspecifics, beneficial cooling effects of gaping emerge. It is uncertain, however, whether the presence of the invasive mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis limits the ability of P. perna for collective thermoregulation. We investigated whether varying densities of P. perna and… CONTINUE READING