The relative magnitude of the effects of biological and physical settlement cues for cypris larvae of the acorn barnacle,Semibalanus balanoidesL..

Prendergast, Gabrielle S., Zurn, Constanze M., Bers, A. V., Head, Ritchie M., Hansson, Lars J. and Thomason, Jeremy C. (2009) The relative magnitude of the effects of biological and physical settlement cues for cypris larvae of the acorn barnacle,Semibalanus balanoidesL.. Biofouling, 25 (1). pp. 35-44. DOI 10.1080/08927010802444267.

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Abstract

Barnacle cypris larvae respond to many cues when selecting a settlement site. The settlement of over a million larvae on tiles of different textures, orientations and densities of incumbent settlers was measured on the rocky intertidal at Great Cumbrae, Scotland. Half of the tiles were replaced every tide whereas the others simultaneously accumulated settlers. Factor effects varied on each tide, and converged in the accumulating deployment. Increasing incumbent density led to net loss of settlement, which was less probable on the textures on which fastest settlment occurred ('very fine'), and more probable on those on which settlement was slowest ('smooth'). More settlement occurred on down-facing orientations during daylight and vice versa. Cue ranks were non-linear, so a path analysis model quantified the relative influence of each factor. Gregariousness was the most influential cue measured, although unmeasured factors had greater effects, highlighting the complexity of settlement influences in this species.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Benthic Ecology; barnacle; gregarious; density; texture; orientation; path analysis; BALANUS-AMPHITRITE DARWIN; GREGARIOUS SETTLEMENT; FIELD EXPERIMENTS; ADULT MORPHOLOGY; SURFACE TEXTURE; RECRUITMENT; BEHAVIOR; DENSITY; ORIENTATION; COMMUNITY
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-B Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1080/08927010802444267
ISSN: 0892-7014
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 09:49
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 08:22
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/13344

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