Resource partitioning and competition for shells in a subtidal hermit crab species assemblage

  title={Resource partitioning and competition for shells in a subtidal hermit crab species assemblage},
  author={Peter Abrams and Carl Nyblade and Sallie Sheldon},
Shell and habitat utilization are quantified for 12 hermit crab species occurring subtidally in the San Juan Archipelago, Washington. The mechanism of competition for shells between these species is investigated using laboratory experiments to determine shell preferences, shell acquisition rates, and rates of exchange of shells via shell fighting. This information is used to estimate relative intensities of inter- and intra-specific competition for shells between the species in this assemblage… CONTINUE READING

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