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dc.contributor.author Barry, Charles Kevin en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-07T20:09:56Z en_US
dc.date.available 2010-10-07T20:09:56Z en_US
dc.date.issued 1965-06 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Barry, Charles Kevin. Ecological Study of the Decapod Crustaceans Commensal with the Branching Coral Pocillopora Meandrina Var. Nobilis Verrill. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1965. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/18139 en_US
dc.description Typescript. Bibliography: leaves 62-64. en_US
dc.description.abstract A quantitative study of the decapod crustacean community commensal with the coral Pocillopora meandrina var. nobilis Verrill was undertaken and was accomplished through an analysis of communities collected in coral heads in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. The coral head microhabitat was described and analyzed. The community was described and its relationship to the coral head habitat defined. It was found that community composition was affected by coral head size and that relative composition of the communities changed as the coral heads increased in size. Through stomach contents analysis and trophic behavior experiments the commensals were found to utilize the coral as a source of food, primarily by feeding on material caught on the coral. A correlation between the total biomass of the crustacean community and the surface area of the coral heads in which they were collected was found, suggesting that the com- munity is limited by the amount of surface area of a coralhead This may reflect the amount of food available to the symbionts. There was no good correlation between surface area of the corals and the biomass of the individual components of the community, indicating that other factors, such as the behavioral peculiarity of pairing and interspecific competition probably determine the exact composition of the community that a coral head can support. It was concluded that the crustaceans studied were true commensals with the coral, and that the commensal association involves the host providing a source of food as well as protection for the symbionts. en_US
dc.format.extent 70 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii, Honolulu en_US
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Master of Science (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Microbiology (Marine Biology); no. 458 en_US
dc.rights All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Decapoda (Crustacea). en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pocillopora meandrina. en_US
dc.title Ecological Study of the Decapod Crustaceans Commensal with the Branching Coral Pocillopora Meandrina Var. Nobilis Verrill en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
local.identifier.callnumber Q111 .H3 no.458 en_US

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