Increased gonad ratio in the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, exposed to starfish predators

@article{Reimer2004IncreasedGR,
  title={Increased gonad ratio in the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, exposed to starfish predators},
  author={Olof Reimer},
  journal={Aquatic Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={33},
  pages={185-192}
}
The presence of invertebrate predators can induce morphological, physiological, and behavioural changes in sessile marine prey species. In this study, I investigated whether the risk of predation can alter the reproductive effort in the blue mussel Mytilus edulis. In the field, I cultured blue mussels in the presence and in the absence of the starfish, Asterias rubens, using enclosures with two compartments. Two experiments were performed with field periods of 19 and 30 days, respectively… CONTINUE READING