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Article: Plasticity in the temporal organization of behaviour in the limpet Cellana grata

TitlePlasticity in the temporal organization of behaviour in the limpet Cellana grata
Authors
KeywordsActivity pattern
Behavioral ecology
Evolutionary biology
Foraging behavior
Marine ecosystem
Issue Date2011
PublisherSpringer Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00227/index.htm
Citation
Marine Biology, 2011, v. 158 n. 6, p. 1377-1386 How to Cite?
AbstractThe behaviour of intertidal consumers is often tightly constrained to tidal movements, although activity patterns can vary within these constraints. Spatio-temporal variability in behaviour of a limpet, Cellana grata, was analysed over different tidal conditions (spring and neap tides) and during different times of the year (one summer and one winter) at sites in Hong Kong. Activity was generally dictated by tidal movements, being concentrated when animals were awash. Plasticity in behaviour was observed, with some limpets anticipating activity during the summer period and delaying activity during winter time. Limpets were active for a time equal, or slightly less, than time awash. As the time awash exceeded ~14-16 h, however, activity duration decreased. Within this general pattern, tidal variation as well as variation among times of the year was noted, with the lowest dependence on time awash being recorded during winter neap tides. Limpets showed a slight preference for being active during nighttime, which was particularly evident when animals were emersed during the summer period. Although the basic activity in C. grata is constrained to a specific temporal window, this limpet is able to modulate its foraging strategies and resting height, according to local, daily changes in environmental conditions. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138029
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.375
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.302
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
Department of Ecology & Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong
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We are grateful to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR for permission to work in the Cape d'Aguilar Marine Reserve. We are indebted to the many willing volunteers who helped with fieldwork and Ms. Cecily Law who provided excellent technical assistance. GS stay in Hong Kong was supported by The Department of Ecology & Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong. F. Bulleri and two anonymous referees provided useful suggestions which greatly improved the manuscript.

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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, GAen_HK
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe behaviour of intertidal consumers is often tightly constrained to tidal movements, although activity patterns can vary within these constraints. Spatio-temporal variability in behaviour of a limpet, Cellana grata, was analysed over different tidal conditions (spring and neap tides) and during different times of the year (one summer and one winter) at sites in Hong Kong. Activity was generally dictated by tidal movements, being concentrated when animals were awash. Plasticity in behaviour was observed, with some limpets anticipating activity during the summer period and delaying activity during winter time. Limpets were active for a time equal, or slightly less, than time awash. As the time awash exceeded ~14-16 h, however, activity duration decreased. Within this general pattern, tidal variation as well as variation among times of the year was noted, with the lowest dependence on time awash being recorded during winter neap tides. Limpets showed a slight preference for being active during nighttime, which was particularly evident when animals were emersed during the summer period. Although the basic activity in C. grata is constrained to a specific temporal window, this limpet is able to modulate its foraging strategies and resting height, according to local, daily changes in environmental conditions. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.en_HK
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dc.subjectActivity pattern-
dc.subjectBehavioral ecology-
dc.subjectEvolutionary biology-
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dc.subjectMarine ecosystem-
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