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Title: Behavioral interactions between copepods and six species of sea anemones found in the Monterey Bay region
Student Author(s): Colville, Mark R.
Faculty Advisor(s): Baxter, Chuck
Pages: 18
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1975
Keywords: sea anemones
Abstract: The behavioral interactions between copepods and six species of anemones (Telia lofotensis, T. crassicornis, T. coriacea, Anthopleura elegantissima, A. xanthogrammica, and Epiactis prolifera) were examined. Lab and field studies over a six week period showed that the copepods feed on anemone mucus and are dependant on the anemone for survival. Mature copepods were found to inhabit anemone species specifically. It was also found that copepods showed species specific zonation on the anemone; occupying areas where their color matched that of the anemone. Adult copepods failed to visually or chemically cue to anemones.