The role of kelp crabs as consumers in bull kelp forests—evidence from laboratory feeding trials and field enclosures

@article{Dobkowski2017TheRO,
  title={The role of kelp crabs as consumers in bull kelp forests—evidence from laboratory feeding trials and field enclosures},
  author={K. Dobkowski},
  journal={PeerJ},
  year={2017},
  volume={5}
}
The Northern kelp crab (Pugettia producta) and the graceful kelp crab (Pugettia gracilis) are common primary consumers in bull kelp beds near the San Juan Islands (Salish Sea, NE Pacific). In this system, urchins (often considered the most voracious herbivores exerting top-down control on kelp beds) tend to remain sedentary because of the high availability of detrital macroalgae, but the extent to which kelp crabs consume kelp (and other food options) is largely unknown. I conducted four types… Expand
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