Growth of algal epiphytes on a tropical marine isopod

Peter W. Glynn

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Growth of epiphytic algae on the sphaeromatid isopod, Dynamenella perforata (Moore), occurred within a week in individuals exposed to direct sunlight. Algal growth interfered with crawling and swimming movements, feeding, ventilation of respiratory surfaces, and possibly moulting. Isopods living together performed reciprocal cleansing activities and epiphytic growth was not so pronounced in those provided with surfaces allowing frequent contact. Animals provided with rock shelter all remained essentially free of injurious algal growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-93
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1970

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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