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Title: A study of morphological variation in the limpet Acmaea pelta (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Prosobranchia)
Student Author(s): Jobe, Alan
Faculty Advisor(s): Phillips, John
Pages: 18
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1966
Keywords: limpet
Abstract: Populations of Acmaea pelta (Eschscholtz, 1833) on the Monterey Peninsula, California exhibit variation in shell shape and color. Field studies showed possible correlations of these variables with algal association, substrate, and exposure. Shell shape seems to be dependent upon substrate and exposure. Shell color may be related to diet, but preliminary investigations of gut carbohydrases failed to reveal any distinctive quantitative differences in the amylase, fucoidinase, and alginase activities found in the A. pelta forms assayed.
Notes: Published 1968, Veliger 11(Suppl): 69-72