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Title: Food Habits of the Gastropod Mitra litterata Lamarck: Relation to Trophic Structure of the Intertidal Marine Bench Community in Hawaii
Authors: Kohn, Alan J.
Issue Date: Oct-1970
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Kohn AJ. 1970. Food habits of the gastropod Mitra litterata Lamarck: relation to trophic structure of the intertidal marine bench community in Hawaii. Pac Sci 24(4): 483-486.
Abstract: The stenoglossan gastropod Mitra litterata Lamarck, common on
intertidal solution benches on Oahu, preys on sipunculids occurring in burrows in
reef limestone. Phascolosoma scolops Selenka and DeMan is the main component of
the diet. Phascolosoma sp. cf. P. heronis Edmonds and Aspidosiphon elegans
Chamisso and Eysenhardt are also eaten. This is the first report of the nature of the
food of a member of the family Mitridae. Mitra litterata belongs to a distinct
trophic subweb from other co-occurring predatory gastropods of similar size and
population density-Morula granulata (Duclos), which preys mainly on herbivorous
gastropods, and Conus spp., which eat herbivorous polychaetes.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 24, Number 4, 1970

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