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Diets of peracarid crustaceans associated with orange coral Astroydes calycularis in southern Spain

 

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Author: Terrón Sigler, Alejandro
León Muez, David
Peñalver Duque, P.
Espinosa Torre, Free
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Zoología
Date: 2016
Published in: Mediterranean Marine Science, 0 (0)
Document type: Article
Abstract: The endangered and Mediterranean endemic orange coral ( Astroides calycularis ) hosts an important macrofaunal assemblage. The gut contents of the main peracarids associated with the orange coral were analysed. In total 161 specimens belonging to 11 species and 9 families were examined on the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The gut content study was carried out introducing the specimens of each species in Hertwig’s liquid. The analysis revealed that the peracarid species associated with a calycularis had different feeding strategies and their main food source was detritus. The results highlight that peracarids may depend on the host and the detritus that the coral produces.
Cite: Terrón Sigler, A., León Muez, D., Peñalver Duque, P. y Espinosa Torre, F. (2016). Diets of peracarid crustaceans associated with orange coral Astroydes calycularis in southern Spain. Mediterranean Marine Science, 0 (0)
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11441/48936

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.1298

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