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Title: Studies of hoiming behavior in the limpet Acmaea scabra (Gould, 1846)
Student Author(s): Jessee, William F.
Faculty Advisor(s): Phillips, John H
%E Abbott, Donald P.
Pages: 19
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1966
Keywords: limpet
Acmaea
Abstract: Homing behavior of A. scabra (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Prosobranchia) from rocky shores was studied in field and laboratory. Populations residing 7.1 and 2.4 feet above MLLW showed no significant differences in homing ability. All size classed about 5-6 mm. in shell length showed equal homing abilities; smaller animals often did not exhibit homing. Scrubbing the substratum with a fiber brush, or treatment with 32% NaOH had no significant effect on homing tendency. Chiseling of the rock surface caused a drop in incidence of homing. This suggests that homing behavior is mediated through perception of the topography of the substratum, and is not a chemotactic response. Removal of the cephalic tentacles reduced the tendency to home, while removal of the eyes did not.
Notes: Published 1968, Veliger 11(Suppl): 52-55