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Title: Diet and activity of the isopod (Crustacea) Ligia occidentalis on the rocky intertidal coast of Monterey Bay, California
Student Author(s): Fong, Henry Loren
Faculty Advisor(s): Gilly, William
Pages: 17
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1982
Keywords: upper intertidal
splash zone
Abstract: Analyses of fecal pellet contents of freshly collected Ligia occidentalis showed the principle foods were a variety of brown, red and green algae wrack. Ligia occidentalis prefers to eat the brown algae Macrocystis pyrifora and Cystoseira, when given a choice of several seaweeds. A correlation was established between the fecal pellet contents and algae availabe in the study sites.