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Antennary Feeding of the Hermit Crab Diogenes brevirostris Stimpson

Naturevolume 192pages10991100 (1961) | Download Citation



THERE exist only two previous descriptions of feeding behaviour in hermit crabs, namely, those of Thompson, who described the feeding of Eupagurus longicarpus Say., and of Orton on E. bernhardus (L.). Orton1 says that both species feed by scooping up debris directly with either the third maxillipeds or with the small chela. The material is brushed between the third maxillipeds, and the rejected portion falls to the ground. The antennæ and the walking legs play no part in the feeding of these animals.

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    Orton, J. H., J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K., 14, 909 (1927).

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    Nicol, E. A. T., J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K., 18, 87 (1932).

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    Gauld, D. T., Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 132, 31 (1959).

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    MacGinitie, G. E., and MacGinitie, N., Natural History of Marine Animals (McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, 1945).

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  1. Department of Zoology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

    • R. E. BOLTT


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