Abstract

A comparative study of the field populations of Crepidula lingulata, Crepidula nurnmaria, and Calyptraea fastigiata indicated all three preferred a rocky substrate but favored different size rocks. Their positions on the rocks varied but the greatest numbers were found attached to the undersides. Crepidula lingulata and C. nummaria preferred larger rocks and were found in intraspecific associations more often than C. fastigiata which preferred smaller rocks. These associations occurred with a 1:1 sex ratio; however, the overall population did not. Crepidula lingulata had a high female count and C. fastigiata a high male count. Males, of all three species, were smaller in size than females. Leptasterias hexactis and Evasterias troschellii were found to be possible predators. Protection was afforded those attached to the undersides of rocks. All three species used the radula to remove irritants from under the shell including the tube feet of attacking sea stars.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Plant and Wildlife Sciences

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Date Submitted

1975-04-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/Letd179

Keywords

Gastropoda

Language

English

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