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  Estonian Journal of Ecology

ISSN 1736-7549 (electronic)   ISSN 1736-602X (print)
An international scientific journal

Formerly: Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences: Biology, Ecology
(ISSN 1406-0914)
Published since 1952
 

Estonian Journal of Ecology

ISSN 1736-7549 (electronic)   ISSN 1736-602X (print)
An international scientific journal

Formerly: Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences: Biology, Ecology
(ISSN 1406-0914)
Published since 1952
 

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First evidence on the epiphytic macroalga Pylaiella littoralis on the prawn Palaemon adspersus; pp. 287–291

(Full article in PDF format) doi: 10.3176/eco.2013.4.05


Authors

Ivan Kuprijanov, Jonne Kotta

Abstract

In this paper we describe for the first time the presence of the epiphytic Pylaiella littoralis on the phytophilous prawn Palaemon adspersus. The female prawn was caught in an eutrophicated brackish-water coastal habitat (Kopli Bay, eastern Baltic Sea). The epiphyte covered various parts of the shrimp’s cuticle, including antennules and limb segments. This phenomenon was not related to the damaged appendages that hindered the prawn from cleaning herself. However, such a camouflage may actually offer the prawn a unique defence against predators.

Keywords

epiphytes, Palaemon adspersus, fouling.

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