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Analysis of Kelp Quality and Starvation on Grazing Behavior of T. tridentata

Show simple item record Armour, Gabrielle 2017-08-15T14:25:08Z 2017-08-15T14:25:08Z 2017-08
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this experiment was to determine if Tegula tridentata exhibit awareness of the quality of kelp (Lessonia trabeculata) they consume, and, if so, what quality of kelp is preferred. A two-and-a-half-month study that consisted of three separate trials took place over Chile’s winter (June - August 2016). Arenas were set up to introduce individuals of T. tridentata that had previously been starved at three different levels to kelp fronds from the species L. trabeculata with three levels of damage (damage types: physically damaged, naturally damaged, and undamaged). Behavior was monitored over a continuous four-hour period. In all trials, snails did not show a preference for fronds that had experienced natural damage over undamaged and artificially damaged fronds, and there was no affect of starvation. This indicates that T. tridentata may not exhibit choice in the quality of food that they consume and that starvation levels do not effect choice. en_US
dc.publisher University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject grazing en_US
dc.subject preference en_US
dc.subject kelp en_US
dc.subject snails en_US
dc.subject quality en_US
dc.title Analysis of Kelp Quality and Starvation on Grazing Behavior of T. tridentata en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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