Chemical and structural defenses in the sea fan Gorgonia ventalina: effects against generalist and specialist predators

  title={Chemical and structural defenses in the sea fan Gorgonia ventalina: effects against generalist and specialist predators},
  author={Kathryn L. van Alstyne and Valerie J Paul},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Cyphoma gibbosum is an ovulid predatory gastropod that specializes on gorgonians, many of which contain secondary metabolites and calcified sclerites that serve as antipredator defenses. In field and shipboard feeding assays, we examined the role of gorgonian crude extracts and sclerites as feeding deterrents to generalist predators and to C. gibbosum. Crude extracts and sclerites were isolated from Gorgonia ventalina, a Caribbean sea fan on which C. gibbosum feeds, and incorporated into a… CONTINUE READING
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