(full paper is archived in the Miller Library)
Title: The resistance of five species of Polyplacophora to removal from natural and artificial surfaces
Student Author(s): Linsenmeyer, Todd A.
Faculty Advisor(s): Gilmartin
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1974
Abstract: 1. The lateral force required to dislodge the chitons Mopalia lignosa, Mopalia muscosa, Nuttalina californica, Katharina tunicata, and Stenoplax heathiana was directly related to the degree of exposure to wave action in the habitat of each species. 2. The rougher the surface to which a chiton was attached, the greater the force required to remove the specimens from the surface. 3. The foot plays the major role in attachment by secreting an adhesive mucus material and by mechanically conforming to surface irregularities with its tissue. 4. Suction does not appear to play a major role in the attachment of species tested.
Notes: Publ 1975, Veliger 18 (Suppl): 83-86