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Article: Trail following behaviour in relation to pedal mucus production in the intertidal gastropod Monodonta labio (Linnaeus)

TitleTrail following behaviour in relation to pedal mucus production in the intertidal gastropod Monodonta labio (Linnaeus)
Authors
KeywordsBehaviour
Foraging
Monodonta labio
Mucus
Mucus trail
Trail following
Tropical rocky shore
Issue Date2007
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jembe
Citation
Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology, 2007, v. 349 n. 2, p. 313-322 How to Cite?
AbstractTrail following behaviour and pedal mucus production were investigated in the mid-shore topshell, Monodonta labio (Linnaeus) in Hong Kong. On the shore, individuals exhibited both conspecific and self trail following while awash on ebb and flood tides, although fidelity to resting sites during emersion on successive days was low. In the laboratory, animals that encountered trails that had been aged on the shore for different periods showed similar patterns of movement (distance moved, speed and tortuosity) suggesting that degradation of cues in the mucus that animals responded to did not occur until > 3 days post-deposition. Animals moved faster, with a lower rate of radular rasping, on freshly laid mucus trails than on a biofilm-covered substratum and did not change their speed when moving over aged (biofilm-covered) mucus compared to fresh mucus. Mucus production rates were similar when animals were crawling on vertical or horizontal surfaces, but significantly more mucus was produced when animals were emersed than when submerged. Mucus trail profiles were of variable thickness, but 'double' mucus trails (marker + tracker trails) did not contain significantly more mucus than 'single' trails (marker mucus only) and were considerably thinner than single trails suggesting tracker snails utilized mucus laid by marker snails, reducing their own deposition of mucus. Thus, while M. labio do not appear to utilize trails for orientation or refuge location, snails that follow trails have the potential to save energy through reducing mucus production or to gain energy through mucus ingestion. Given the role of pedal mucus production in the overall energy balance of gastropods, such energetic benefits are considerable and may have implications for the life history of the snail. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89311
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.796
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.029
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dc.contributor.authorHutchinson, Nen_HK
dc.contributor.authorDavies, MSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, JSSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, GAen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:55:15Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:55:15Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology, 2007, v. 349 n. 2, p. 313-322en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0022-0981en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89311-
dc.description.abstractTrail following behaviour and pedal mucus production were investigated in the mid-shore topshell, Monodonta labio (Linnaeus) in Hong Kong. On the shore, individuals exhibited both conspecific and self trail following while awash on ebb and flood tides, although fidelity to resting sites during emersion on successive days was low. In the laboratory, animals that encountered trails that had been aged on the shore for different periods showed similar patterns of movement (distance moved, speed and tortuosity) suggesting that degradation of cues in the mucus that animals responded to did not occur until > 3 days post-deposition. Animals moved faster, with a lower rate of radular rasping, on freshly laid mucus trails than on a biofilm-covered substratum and did not change their speed when moving over aged (biofilm-covered) mucus compared to fresh mucus. Mucus production rates were similar when animals were crawling on vertical or horizontal surfaces, but significantly more mucus was produced when animals were emersed than when submerged. Mucus trail profiles were of variable thickness, but 'double' mucus trails (marker + tracker trails) did not contain significantly more mucus than 'single' trails (marker mucus only) and were considerably thinner than single trails suggesting tracker snails utilized mucus laid by marker snails, reducing their own deposition of mucus. Thus, while M. labio do not appear to utilize trails for orientation or refuge location, snails that follow trails have the potential to save energy through reducing mucus production or to gain energy through mucus ingestion. Given the role of pedal mucus production in the overall energy balance of gastropods, such energetic benefits are considerable and may have implications for the life history of the snail. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jembeen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecologyen_HK
dc.rightsJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Copyright © Elsevier BV.en_HK
dc.subjectBehaviouren_HK
dc.subjectForagingen_HK
dc.subjectMonodonta labioen_HK
dc.subjectMucusen_HK
dc.subjectMucus trailen_HK
dc.subjectTrail followingen_HK
dc.subjectTropical rocky shoreen_HK
dc.titleTrail following behaviour in relation to pedal mucus production in the intertidal gastropod Monodonta labio (Linnaeus)en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jembe.2007.05.019en_HK
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