Food manipulation and selection in the omnivorous grapsoid crab Neohelice granulata (Decapoda: Varunidae)

@article{Lancia2014FoodMA,
  title={Food manipulation and selection in the omnivorous grapsoid crab Neohelice granulata (Decapoda: Varunidae)},
  author={Juan Pablo Lancia and Claudia C Bas and Eduardo D. Spivak},
  journal={Scientia Marina},
  year={2014},
  volume={78},
  pages={529-536}
}
Summary: Neohelice granulata is an omnivorous, semi-terrestrial burrowing crab endemic to southwestern Atlantic saltmarshes that behaves as a herbivore when it inhabits vegetated saltmarsh areas or a deposit feeder on bare mudflats. In order to gain insights into how non-specialized crabs manage to rely on low quality diets, we studied in laboratory i) how they use feeding appendages to manipulate the food items commonly eaten (halophytic plant leaves and sediment), and ii) their ability to… Expand

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