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Corpus Systématique Animale

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Rip stop in marine algae: Minimizing the consequences of herbivore damage

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  • plant—herbivore interactions
  • marine algae
  • calcified algae
  • structured defences
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  • Dianna K. Padilla
  • Department of Zoology, The University of Wisconsin, 430 Lincoln Drive, 53706, Madison, WI, USA

Structural features of marine macrophytes are generally believed to act as defences against herbivores by reducing the ability of herbivores to consume the plants. Thallus form and calcification in particular have been considered structural defences that act by reducing the probability of consumption of tissue by herbivores. Studies directly measuring the mechanical resistance of a variety of marine algae (tropical and temperate) to herbivores of two important feeding types, rasping herbivores (docoglossan limpets) and a biting herbivore (an herbivorous crab), do not support this hypothesis. I suggest that thallus form and calcification may play a more important role in minimizing the impact of herbivores by reducing the probability of subsequent tissue loss due to herbivore-induced damage. For some algal species, tissue lost subsequent to herbivore damage may greatly exceed loss due to direct consumption by herbivores. I suggest that calcification and thallus properties resulting in preferential tear directions reduce the probability of tissue loss subsequent to herbivore damage rather than prevent herbivores from removing tissue as has been suggested in the past.

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  • 1 - natural sciences
  • 2 - biology
  • 3 - evolutionary biology
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  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
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  • 4 - cytologie, morphologie, systematique, floristique et evolution des vegetaux
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  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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  • 1 - science ; 2 - genetics & heredity
  • 1 - science ; 2 - evolutionary biology
  • 1 - science ; 2 - ecology
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Evolutionary Ecology

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