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Feeding, food preference, and the uptake of food energy by the supralittoral isopod Ligia pallasii

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  • T. H. Carefoot
  • Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Analyses of gut contents of freshly collected Ligia pallasii (Brandt) showed that the principal foods were encrusting diatoms, insect larvae, occasional members of the same species, and a variety of red and green seaweeds growing in the upper interiidal tidepool habitat. L. pallasii prefers to eat the green seaweed Ulva sp., and the brown alga Nereocystis luetkeana, when given a choice between several seaweeds, although neither of these forms is normally accessible to the isopods. The absorption (“assimilation”) of food-energy was 78% on a diet of Ulva and 55 to 76% on a diet of N. luetkeana—representative values for an algivorous invertebrate. A correlation analysis on the relationship of feeding preference of L. pallasii with calorific value of 7 potential seaweed foods suggested that feeding preference in this species is related to factors other than energy content of the food. Food preferences of invertebrates are discussed in relation to calorific value, accessibility, and to various nutritional factors.

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  • 1 - natural sciences
  • 2 - biology
  • 3 - marine biology & hydrobiology
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  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
  • 3 - sciences biologiques fondamentales et appliquees. psychologie
  • 4 - cytologie, morphologie, systematique, floristique et evolution des vegetaux
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  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - Ecology
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Aquatic Science
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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  • 1 - science ; 2 - marine & freshwater biology
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Marine Biology

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