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CLINGING BEHAVIOR OF THE EPIFAUNAL CAPRELLIDS (AMPHIPODA) INHABITING THE SARGASSUM ZONE ON THE PACIFIC COAST OF JAPAN, WITH ITS EVOLUTIONARY IMPLICATIONS

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ABSTRACT The mode of attachment was observed for 9 species in 4 genera of the Caprellidea (Amphipoda) which inhabit the Sargassum zone. Clinging behavior was classified as "moving," "upright," "bending," and "parallel." The dominant behavior of Perotripus sp., Paracaprella crassa, Hemiaegina minuta, Caprella brevirostris, and C. generosa was the upright posture. The other 4 species, C. penantis, C. danilevskii, C. okadai, and C. tsugarensis, attached principally in the parallel posture. The principal methods of feeding are filtering in the upright group and scraping in the parallel group. Upright species, like the podocerid gammarids, which are closest to the ancestor of caprellids, inhabit environments with little wave action, while parallel species inhabit large algae with filamentous or long thalli directly exposed to strong wave action. The parallel caprellids appear to have developed characters that specifically enable them to inhabit substrata subjected to heavy wave exposure.

10.1163/193724095X00497
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2017-11-21

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