Chemical ecology and the search for marine antifoulants

@article{Gerhart1988ChemicalEA,
  title={Chemical ecology and the search for marine antifoulants},
  author={Donald J. Gerhart and Daniel P Rittschof and Sara W. Mayo},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={1988},
  volume={14},
  pages={1905-1917}
}
The gorgonian octocoralLeptogorgia virgulata (Phylum Coelenterata, Class Anthozoa) is rarely overgrown by fouling organisms and is avoided by most predators. Laboratory experiments suggest that secondary metabolites and calcium carbonate spicules interact synergistically to provideL. virgulata with an effective defense against predatory fish. In spite of these defenses,L. virgulata is consumed by the symbiotic, trophically specialized gastropodNeosimnia uniplicata, which closely mimics the… CONTINUE READING

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