Tube decoration may not be cryptic for Diopatra cuprea (Polychaeta: Onuphidae).

Abstract

Previous studies have suggested several adaptive functions for the decorated tube caps of Diopatra cuprea (Polychaeta: Onuphidae). We experimentally tested the hypothesis that decoration provides crypsis. A series of field experiments quantified predation-related damage done to tube caps that were (1) devoid of decoration, (2) decorated with algae, or (3… (More)

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