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Browsing of Patella

Nature volume 158, page 752 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation

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DURING a recent investigation of Gigartina stellata which has been carried out at Millport, Isle of Cumbræ, I have been struck with the relationship between the limpet (Patella vulgata) and the seaweed, and have observed effects very comparable with those described by Mr. N. S. Jones1. This work is being described in more detail elsewhere, and will, I think, confirm the observations of Jones, Orton, Eslich and others that Patella is able to browse on young algal growths, and, by the glades that it forms in an algal community, may considerably lessen the algal covering on that part of the shore.

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    Nature, 158, 557 (1946).

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  1. Department of Botany, University, Glasgow. Oct. 31.

    • ELSIE CONWAY

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