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Moving at a Snail's Pace: the effect of temperature and humidity cues on the behaviour of Littorina subrotundata

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dc.contributor.advisor Boulding, Elizabeth Grace Rickards, Karen J.C. 2012-10-18T19:25:17Z 2012-10-18T19:25:17Z 2012 2012-10-05 2012-10-18
dc.description.abstract Animals living in intertidal habitats are subjected to extreme variation in abiotic stressors such as high temperatures and low humidity during emersion at low tide. Rather than rely solely on physiological responses to these stressors, many intertidal animals use behaviour to respond to these environmental variables. I investigated three behaviours displayed by the northeastern Pacific intertidal snail Littorina subrotundata that are altered in response to temperature and/or humidity in other intertidal snail species. I found that under summer conditions, temperature and humidity did not appear to be primary environmental cues motivating altered microhabitat selection or aggregation propensity in L. subrotundata. Despite this, these stressors did appear to be important cues for altered activity level. This study demonstrates that behaviour typically assumed to be a response to temperature and humidity may be driven by alternate cues across different species and/or study systems. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, University of Guelph, Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject rocky intertidal en_US
dc.subject temperature en_US
dc.subject thermal cues en_US
dc.subject humidity en_US
dc.subject desiccation cues en_US
dc.subject behaviour en_US
dc.subject behavioural cues en_US
dc.subject marine biology en_US
dc.subject Littorina subrotundata en_US
dc.title Moving at a Snail's Pace: the effect of temperature and humidity cues on the behaviour of Littorina subrotundata en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Integrative Biology en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Integrative Biology en_US

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