Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Feeding Behavior of the Porcellanid Crab Allopetrolisthes Spinifrons, Symbiont of the Sea Anemone Phymactis Papillosa

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

This Article is currently unavailable for purchase.
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

Cover image Placeholder

Abstract The porcellanid crab Allopetrolisthes spinifrons, a symbiont of the sea anemone Phymactis papillosa, shows a suspension-feeding behavior related to flow oscillations (repetitive changes of flow direction). Individual crabs oriented their filter appendages (third maxillipeds) to maintain a concave face upstream, showing a higher frequency of maxilliped movements (flexion) at the start of inverted flow. The crab is primarily a suspension feeder that can ingest host mucus and feces. Contrary to free-living porcellanids, the symbiotic life-style offers access to exposed sites in the intertidal and subtidal environments that are favorable for passive suspension-feeding activities and consequently, an alternative feeding mechanism is not necessary.

Affiliations: 1: a (NV, WS) Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad Católica del Norte, Larrondo 1281, Coquimbo, Chile


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Achituv Y. , Pedrotti M. L. 1999 "Costs and gains of porcelain crab suspension feeding in different flow conditions." Marine Ecology Progress Series Vol 184 161 169
2. Baeza J. A. , Stotz W. 1995 "Estructura poblacional del cangrejo comensal Allopetrolisthes spinifrons H. Milne Edwards (1837) (Decapoda, Porcellanidae) sobre su hospedador habitual Phymactis clematis (Drayton, 1846) y dos nuevos hospedadores." Revista de Biologa Marina Vol 30 255 264
3. Baeza J. A. , Stotz W. 2001 "Host-use pattern and host-selection during ontogeny of the commensal crab Allopetrolisthes spinifrons (H. Milne Edwards, 1832) (Decapoda: Anomura: Porcellanidae)." Journal of Natural History Vol 35 341 355
4. Baeza J. A. , Stotz W. 2003 "Host-use and selection of differently colored sea anemones by the symbiotic crab Allopetrolisthes spinifrons." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Vol 284 25 39
5. Baeza J. A. , Stotz W. , Thiel M. 2001 "Life history of Allopetrolisthes spinifrons, a crab associate of the sea anemone Phymactis clematis." Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Vol 81 69 76
6. Baeza J. A. , Stotz W. , Thiel M. 2002 "Agonistic behaviour and development of territoriality during ontogeny of the sea anemone dwelling crab Allopetrolisthes spinifrons (H. Milne Edwards, 1837) (Decapoda: Anomura: Porcellanidae)." Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology Vol 35 189 202
7. Baeza J. A. , Thiel M. 2000 "Host use pattern and life history of Liopetrolisthes mitra, a crab associate of the black sea urchin Tetrapygus niger." Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Vol 80 639 645
8. Baeza J. A. , Thiel M. 2003 "Predicting territorial behavior in symbiotic crabs using host characteristics: a comparative study and proposal of a model." Marine Biology Vol 142 93 100
9. Caine E. 1975 "Feeding and masticatory structures of selected Anomura (Crustacea)." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Vol 18 277 301
10. Castilla J. , Steinmiller D. , Pacheco C. 1998 "Quantifying wave exposure daily and hourly on the intertidal rocky shore of central Chile." Revista Chilena de Historia Natural Vol 71 19 25
11. Castro P. 1971 "Nutritional aspects of the symbiosis between Echinoecus pentagonus and its host in Hawaii, Echinothrix calamaris. pp. 229-247." In, T. C. Cheng (ed.), Aspects of the biology of symbiosis. University Park Press, Baltimore
12. Depledge M. 1989 "Observation on the behavior of Gaetice depressus (Grapsidae: Varuninae) with special reference to suspension feeding." Marine Biology Vol 100 253 260
13. Elliott J. K. , Mariscal R. K. , Roux K. H. 1994 "Do anemonefishes use molecular mimicry to avoid being stung by host anemones?." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Vol 179 99 113
14. Ferner M. C. , Jumars P. A. 1999 "Responses of deposit-feeding spionid polychaetes to dissolved chemical cues." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Vol 236 89 106
15. Fukami K. , Greenwood J. , Iwasaki N. 1994 "Utilization of coral mucus by Crustacea living in reef (extended abstract)." Bulletin of Marine Sciences and Fisheries, Kochi University Vol 14 37 38
16. Gonor S. , Gonor J. 1973 "Feeding, cleaning and swimming behavior in larval stages of porcellanid crabs (Crustacea: Anomura)." Fishery Bulletin Vol 71 225 234
17. Grahame J. 1983 "Adaptive aspects of feeding mechanisms. pp. 65-107." In, E. G. Abele, ed. The Biology of Crustacea Academic Press, New York
18. Guiñez R. , Pacheco C. 1999 "Estimaciones de la velocidad mxima del oleaje en el intermareal rocoso de Chile central, utilizando un dinammetro prototipo." Revista Chilena de Historia Natural Vol 72 251 260
19. Haig J. 1955 "The Crustacea Anomura of Chile. Reports of Lund University Chile Expedition 1948-49. 20." Lund Universitets Arsskrift Vol 51 1 68
20. Hartman H. B. , Hartman M. S. 1977 "The stimulation of filter feeding in the porcelain crab Petrolisthes cintipes Randall by amino acids and sugars." Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Vol 56A 19 22
21. Knudsen J. W. 1967 "Trapezia and Tetralia (Decapoda, Brachyura, Xanthidae) as obligate ectoparasites of pocilloporid corals." Pacific Science Vol 21 51 57
22. Kropp R. 1981 "Additional porcelain crab feeding methods (Decapoda, Porcellanidae)." Crustaceana Vol 40 307 310
23. LaBarbera M. 1984 "Feeding currents and particle capture mechanisms in suspension feeding animals." The American Naturalist Vol 24 71 84
24. Levine D. M. , Blanchard O. J. 1980 "Acclimation of two shrimps of the genus Periclimenes to sea anemones." Bulletin of Marine Sciences Vol 30 460 466
25. Marshall S. M. , Orr A. P. 1960 "Feeding and nutrition, pp. 227-258." In, T. H. Waterman (ed.), The Physiology of Crustacea Academic Press, New York
26. Ng P. K L. , Goh N. K C. 1996 "Notes on the taxonomy and ecology of Aliporcellana teleostophila (Johnson, 1958) (Decapoda: Anomura: Porcellanidae)." Crustaceana Vol 69 652 661
27. Nicol E. A T. 1932 "The feeding habits of Galatheidea." Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Vol 18 87 106
28. Seibt U. , Wickler W. 1971 "Neopetrolisthes ohshimai (Porcellanidae) Planktonfang und Putzen." Encyclopedia Cinematographica E Vol 1723 1 10
29. Shima T. , Kakinuma Y. 1993 "Symbiotic life of porcelain crab Neopetrolisthes maculatus and the sea anemone Stichodactyla gigantea." Zoological Science Vol 10 (Suppl.) 164
30. Simon-Blecher N. , Chemedanov A. , Eden N. , Achituv Y. 1999 "Pit structure and trophic relationship of the coral pit crab Cryptochirus coralliodytes." Marine Biology Vol 134 711 717
31. Stevcic Z. 1988 "Autecological investigations of porcelain crab Porcellana patycheles (Pennant) (Decapoda, Anomura) in the Rovinj area (northern Adriatic)." Crustaceana Vol 55 242 252
32. Stimson J. 1990 "Stimulation of fat-body production in the polyps of coral Pocillopora damicornis by the presence of mutualistic crabs of the genus Trapezia." Marine Biology Vol 106 211 218
33. Stuardo J. 1962 "El comensalismo de Allopetrolisthes spinifrons (H. Milne Edwards)." Gayana Vol 6 5 9
34. Thiel M. , Baeza J. A. 2001 "Factors affecting the social behaviour of crustaceans living symbiotically with other marine invertebrates: a modelling approach." Symbiosis Vol 30 163 190
35. Thiel M. , Zander A. , Valdivia N. , Baeza J. A. , Rueffler C. 2003 "Host fidelity of a symbiotic porcellanid crab: the importance of host characteristics." Journal of Zoology Vol 261 353 362
36. Trager G. C. , Hwang J-S. , Strickler J. R. 1990 "Barnacle suspension feeding in variable flow." Marine Biology Vol 105 117 127
37. Trager G. C. , Coughlin C. , Genin A. , Achituv Y. , Gangopadhyay A. 1992 "Foraging to the rhythm of ocean waves: porcelain crabs and barnacles synchronize feeding motions with flow oscillations." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Vol 164 73 86
38. Trager G. C. , Genin A. 1993 "Flow velocity induces a switch from active to passive suspension feeding in the porcelain crab Petrolisthes leptocheles (Heller)." Biological Bulletin Vol 185 20 27
39. Turner E. J. , Miller D. C. 1991 "Behavior of a passive suspension- feeder (Spiochaetopterus oculatus (Webster)) under oscillatory flow." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Vol 149 123 137
40. Villarroel H. 1989 "Coexistencia, reparticin de hbitat y alimento en crustceos porcelnidos, IV regin." Unpublished Honor's Thesis. Universidad Catlica del Norte. Coquimbo
41. Viviani C. A. 1969 "Los Porcellanidae (Crustacea Anomura)." Beitrge zur Neotropischen Fauna Vol 6 1 14
42. Williams M. J. 1981 "Methods for analysis of natural diet in potunid crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Portunidae)." Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Vol 52 103 13
43. Zander A. 2000 "Is das Zusammenleben von dem Porzellankrebs Liopetrolisthes mitra und dem Seeigel Tetrapygus niger an der chilenischen Kste ein Fall von Parasitismus, Kommensalismus oder Symbiose?." Unpublished thesis for Staatsexamen. University of Kiel. Kiel
44. Zar J. H. 1999 "Biostatistical Analysis. Fourth edition." Prestice-Hall. New Jersey

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation