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Observations on the feeding preferences of two species of Tasmanian terrestrial amphipods (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae).

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Morton, HP (1984) Observations on the feeding preferences of two species of Tasmanian terrestrial amphipods (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 118. pp. 79-84. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The food preferences of two species of terrestrial amphipod, Talitrus (Keratroides) vulgaris and Talitrus (Keratroides) angulosus, from near Tooms Lake, Tasmania were investigated. Both species preferred the leaves of Olearia argophylla to those of Eucalyptus obliqua, decomposed leaves to fresh leaves, and leaves artificially hydrolysed in hydrochloric acid to fresh leaves. Sterilization did not affect their preferences. No differences were detected in the preferences of the two species. These terrestrial amphipods do not appear to be attracted to living bacteria and fungi, but rather to the hydrolytic effect which they have on the leaves.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 79-84
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 25 May 2012 02:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:35
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/14021
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