Locomotory strategies in freshwater triclads and their effects on the energetics of degrowth

P. Calow, A. S. Woollhead

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    13 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    Dendrocoelum lacteum, feeding on active prey, adopted a 'sit and wait strategy' upon starvation. During this time metabolic rate fell by a factor of 0.65. About 80% of the energy made available from the catabolism of tissue was lost as heat with the rest being lost as mucus. P. tenuis, feeding on inactive carrion, adopted a 'search out strategy' upon starvation. Metabolic rate fell during this time but only by a factor of 0.72. About 50% of the energy from catabolism was lost as heat and about 50% as mucus. Hence the locomotory strategies adopted by each species during starvation depended on the mobility of the prey and lead to marked differences in the energy balance of the worms.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)353-362
    Number of pages10
    JournalOecologia
    Volume27
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 1977

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Locomotory strategies in freshwater triclads and their effects on the energetics of degrowth'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this