Grazing by the sea urchins Arbacia lixula L . and Paracentrotus lividus Lam . in the Northwest Mediterranean *

@inproceedings{Bulleri1999GrazingBT,
  title={Grazing by the sea urchins Arbacia lixula L . and Paracentrotus lividus Lam . in the Northwest Mediterranean *},
  author={Fabio Bulleri and Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi and Francesco Cinelli},
  year={1999}
}
The sea urchins Arbacia lixula and Paracentrotus lividus are common on shallow subtidal reefs in the Mediterranean. Previous studies on the ecology of these species reported that P. lividus is generally more abundant on horizontal or gently sloping substrata, where it forages mainly on erect algae. In contrast, A. lixula is more common on vertical substrata and it is considered a main grazer of encrusting coralline algae. Observations on some rocky shores in the Ligurian sea indicated that P… CONTINUE READING
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