Structural resistance of algae to herbivores

  title={Structural resistance of algae to herbivores},
  author={D. Padilla},
  journal={Marine Biology},
Experiments were conducted to determine the forces required for two limpet species to remove tissue from three different types of algae. This was done by using the radulae of the limpets, mimicking the way they use this feeding apparatus. For both Acmaea mitra Rathke (a specialist herbivore) and Notoacmea scutum (Rathke) (a generalist herbivore), Iridaea cordata (Turn.) Bory (a thin, bladed red alga) required the most force; Hedophyllum sessile (C.Ag.) Setch. (a thick, bladed brown alga) the… Expand
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