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The Effect On Habitat Selection By Pinfish, Lagodon Rhomboides, In The Presence Of A Predator, The Lesser Blue Crab, Callinectes Similis, Janet Mcnaughton Jan 2003

The Effect On Habitat Selection By Pinfish, Lagodon Rhomboides, In The Presence Of A Predator, The Lesser Blue Crab, Callinectes Similis, Janet Mcnaughton

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This study was performed to observe the effect of the blue crab, Callinectes similis, on the habitat preference of its prey, pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides. It was hypothesized that the pinfish would prefer the most structurally complex habitat, the live oyster clumps, but in the absence of a predator, may not show a strong association with the live oyster. It was also thought that the addition of a predator would strengthen the association with the live oyster. The experiment consisted of placing pinfish in a pool containing four distinct habitat types. The habitats were sand bottom (the least complex), oyster shell ...