oa African Zoology - The responses of South African patellid limpets to invertebrate predators

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The starfish Marthasterias glacialis is a generalized predator, feeding particularly on Choromytilus meridionalis, but also on several limpets, notably Patella longicosta. Thais dubia (Gastropoda) feeds mainly on barnacles, mussels, and Patella granularis. The gastropods Burnupena delalandii and B. cincta are principally scavengers, feeding on damaged or dead animals. The responses of Patella spp. to these predators are descriptionbed. The responses and their effectiveness are discussed in relation to other behavioural patterns displayed by limpets. There is no correlation between the intensity of a prey's response to a predator and the degree of contact between the two in the field.

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