Date of Award

1979

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

Department

Graduate School

First Advisor

Steven Obrebski

First Committee Member

Edmund H. Smith

Second Committee Member

James A. Blake

Abstract

Aspects of the Pisaster-Tegula interaction are re-examined. Reproductive portions of T. funebrallis populations are shown to be immune to seastar predation through a combination of predator preference for larger snails and a withdrawal behavior that favors the escape of smaller snails after capture by a seastar . Experimental addition of p. ochraaceus in winter causes changes in the intertidal distribution of T. funebralis similar to those observed during the summer increase in seastar numbers. It is suggested that these results supplant the hypothesis that lowered prereproductive mortality influences formation and maintenance of vertical size gradients in the lower intertidal .

Pages

44

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