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Feeding Behavior of a Crab According to Cheliped Number

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de Oliveira, Diogo Nunes [1] ; Christofoletti, Ronaldo Adriano [2] ; Barreto, Rodrigo Egydio [3]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Estadual Paulista, Inst Biociencias IBB UNESP, BR-18618970 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Inst Mar, Santos, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Estadual Paulista, Inst Biociencias, Dept Fisiol, BR-18618970 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: PLoS One; v. 10, n. 12 DEC 18 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Cheliped loss through autotomy is a common reflexive response in decapod crustaceans. Cheliped loss has direct and indirect effects on feeding behavior which can affect population dynamics and the role of species in the community. In this study, we assessed the impact of autotomy (0, 1, or 2 cheliped loss) on feeding behavior in the crab Pachygrapsus transversus, an omnivorous and abundant species that inhabits subtropical intertidal rocky shores along the South Atlantic Ocean. Autotomy altered crab feeding patterns and foraging behavior; however, the time spent foraging on animal prey or algae was not affected. These results indicate a plasticity of feeding behavior in P. transversus, allowing them to maintain feeding when injured. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 06/00559-4 - Trophic ecology of the crab Pachygrapsus transversus (Gibbes, 1850) (Brachyura: Grapsidae) and its influence on sessile communities of rocky shores of Ubatuba, SP
Grantee:Ronaldo Adriano Christofoletti
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral