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The role of pleopods during locomotion in epibenthic crustaceans

Boom, S. (1999) The role of pleopods during locomotion in epibenthic crustaceans. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Little is known about the use of pleopods during walking. In this pilot study the use of pleopods during locomotion will be studied in 5 species of epibenthic crustaceans. The behaviour of the animals was recorded during curve-walking, slope- walking and in a nonmanipulative control set-up. The curve walking experiment only showed changes in locomotion in the shrimp Crangon crangon. Slope walking experiments showed an increase in pleopod use in Crangon crangon, Cherax albertisii and Homarus gammarus. These results indicate that pleopods are mainly mobilised when extra thrust is needed and that this is different in all species. Finally relations between animal size, weight, pleopod size and pleopod use were established.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:44
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:44

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