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Title: Limpet - rock interactions and groove formation in the soft rock at Stillwater Cove, Monterey Peninsula, CA
Student Author(s): Davidson, Liese
Faculty Advisor(s): Wagenbach, Gary
Pages: 13
Location: Research Reports Carleton College Biology 212
Date: 1976 1976
Abstract: Three species of limpets living on the soft rock at Stillwater Cove, Monterey Peninsula, California, were examined over a period of 3 weeks for movement, homing ability, and groove formation. Collisella scabra was found to "home" and form grooves as a result of abrasion of shell and substrate. Factors affecting formation of grooves included time spent in one spot (related to homing), hardness of rock, and protection. The possibility is suggested that the C. scabra niche is an unprotected area where its superior ability to hold to the rock gives it an advantage as well as allowing it to form grooves.