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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology|
|State||Published - Aug 1970|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Aquatic Science