Preliminary investigations of the ecology of the intertidal predatory gastropod Lepsiella vinosa (lamarck) (gastropoda muricidae)

Ward, S and Quinn, Gerald P 1988, Preliminary investigations of the ecology of the intertidal predatory gastropod Lepsiella vinosa (lamarck) (gastropoda muricidae), Journal of molluscan studies, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 109-117, doi: 10.1093/mollus/54.1.109.

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Title Preliminary investigations of the ecology of the intertidal predatory gastropod Lepsiella vinosa (lamarck) (gastropoda muricidae)
Author(s) Ward, S
Quinn, Gerald PORCID iD for Quinn, Gerald P orcid.org/0000-0003-4144-0355
Journal name Journal of molluscan studies
Volume number 54
Issue number 1
Start page 109
End page 117
Total pages 9
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 1988-02-01
ISSN 0260-1230
Keyword(s) Lepsiella vinosa\ (Lamarck)
Gastropod
Summary Lepsiella vinosa\ (Lamarck), a common intertidal predatory gastropod, was studied in two zones on an exposed rocky shore in Victoria (Australia). Those from the Mussel Zone in the mid-shore primarily ate one species of mussel and had a faster rate of energy consumption than those from the Littorinid Zone in the high-shore, which mainly ate one species of littorinid gastropod. Shell length, growth rate and size-specific body weight of L. vinosa were all significantly greater in the Mussel Zone. Egg capsules of L. vinosa from the Mussel Zone contained significantly more eggs and more potential hatchlings per capsule than those from the Littorinid Zone although there were no significant differences in the sizes of eggs or hatchlings between zones. These differences between the two zones were correlated to the greater consumption of energy by L. vinosa in the Mussel Zone and were discussed in relation to the absence of dispersive larvae in this species
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/mollus/54.1.109
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 0608 Zoology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1988, The Malacological Society of London
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30125902

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