Abstract

Field populations of Margarites pupillus (Gould), a numerically abundant prosobranch mollusc occuring on rocky shores in Puget Sound, Washington, have previously received little autecological attention. Seawater table studios and SCUBA observations led to the following conclusions: Populations of Margarites are primarily subtidal. Population density and growth are directly related to algal canopy density. Algal canopy may function in reducing predator efficiency, Margarites populations have a 1:1 sex-reatio and no size dimorphism. Sexually mature individuals live for at least two years, and possibly more than four years.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Plant and Wildlife Sciences

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Date Submitted

1972-07-28

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/Letd287

Keywords

Snails

Language

English

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