Unintended facilitation between marine consumers generates enhanced mortality for their shared prey.

@article{Fodrie2008UnintendedFB,
  title={Unintended facilitation between marine consumers generates enhanced mortality for their shared prey.},
  author={F Joel Fodrie and Matthew D. Kenworthy and Sean Paul Powers},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={89 12},
  pages={
          3268-74
        }
}
We manipulated predator densities and prey vulnerability to explore how interactions between two predators affect overall mortality of their shared prey. Our three-member study system included eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and two of its major consumers: southern oyster drills (Stramonita haemastoma) and stone crabs (Menippe adina). Field experiments demonstrated that drills and crabs foraging together generated higher than expected oyster mortality based on each species operating… CONTINUE READING

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