Gastropod shell species utilized by hermit crabs (Decapoda: Anomura) along the Turkish coast of the Levantine Sea

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2013
Authors  Tahir Ozcan; Bilal Ozturk; Tuncer Katagan; Banu Bitlis
Journal Title  Arthropods
Volume  2
Issue  2
Pages  45-52
Journal Date  06/2013
Short Title  Gastropod shell species utilized by hermit crabs (Decapoda: Anomura) along the Turkish coast of the Levantine Sea
Publisher  International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
ISSN Number  2224-4255
Key Words  shell utilization; Anomura; Decapoda; Gastropod; hermit crabs; Levantine Sea; Turkey
Abstract  

The present study aimed to describe the gastropod shell species utilized by hermit crabs (Decapoda: Anomura) collected during investigations of the decapod fauna of the Levantine Sea coast of Turkey. Specimens were collected from July 2005 to October 2005. A total of 715 individuals belonging to 9 hermit crab species occupying 47 gastropod shell species were collected. The hermit crabs, Diogenes pugilator (Roux, 1829) and Cestopagurus timidus (Roux, 1830) had the highest inhabitation frequency (IF), inhabiting 23.92% and 23.78% of all the samples collected respectively. The nine hermit crab species captured utilizing shells from
forty-seven gastropods species. Cerithium scabridum Philippi, 1849 (100%) was the most commonly utilized shell by all hermit crabs.

URL  http://www.iaees.org/publications/journals/arthropods/articles/2013-2(2)/gastropod-shell-species-utilized-by-hermit-crabs.pdf
DOI  DOI 10.0000/issn-2224-4255-arthropods-2013-v2-0007
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