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Australian scallops do not recognise the introduced predatory seastar Asterias amurensis

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Hutson, KS and Ross, DJ and Day, RW and Ahern, JJ (2005) Australian scallops do not recognise the introduced predatory seastar Asterias amurensis. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 298. pp. 305-309. ISSN 0171-8630

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Abstract

Escape responses of Australian scallops (Pecten fumatus and Chlamys asperrima) to native and introduced predatory seastars were compared in laboratory and field trials. The native seastar Coscinasterias muricata elicited an almost immediate escape response by scallops in all trials. In contrast, there was a low frequency of escape response exhibited by scallops when held in contact with the introduced seastar Asterias amurensis. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that escape response in invertebrates has evolved relative to predation risk. The absence of predator recognition in marine invertebrates may have serious implications for wild and farmed populations in southern Australia where introduced predators are prevalent.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Predator recognition · Escape response · Introduced species · Northern Pacific seastar
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Ecology Progress Series
Page Range: pp. 305-309
ISSN: 0171-8630
Identification Number - DOI: 10.3354/MEPS298305
Additional Information: http://www.int-res.com/journals/meps/
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2007 12:10
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:25
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2497
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