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  On the functional significance of masking behaviour in sea urchins - an experiment with Paracentrotus lividus.

Richner, H., & Milinski, M. (2000). On the functional significance of masking behaviour in sea urchins - an experiment with Paracentrotus lividus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 205, 307-308.

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Richner, Heinz, Author
Milinski, Manfred1, Author              
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Free keywords: masking behaviour; cleaning; Paracentrotus lividus
 Abstract: Much literature in marine biology describes the extraordinary behaviour of sea urchins, e.g., Paracentrotus lividus, who cover their body with shells, stones and debris. The function of this strange behaviour, described as 'masking', is still a puzzle. Our experiment shows that sea urchins are loaded with more mussel shells when the delicate apical openings of their water vascular system which powers all their movements, are in danger of being occluded by floating sand. 'Masking' shells appear to function as an umbrella against floating particles.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2000-10-19
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: Marine Ecology Progress Series
  Alternative Title : Mar Ecol Prog Ser
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 205 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 307 - 308 Identifier: ISSN: 0171-8630