The Ecology of Intertidal Gastropods



The structure and dynamics of biological communities cannot be understood without considerable background information about the ecology of the component species. Experimental manipulations of natural populations in field situations are often the most profitable method of determining the factors that affect the distribution and abundance of species.

Intertidal organisms have proved to be suitable for such direct experimentation because of the ease of access to intertidal areas, the relatively sessile nature, and due to the great abundance of many of the organisms. The chapter elaborates the key observations made on the ecology of intertidal gastropods such as the factors affecting their establishment of distributional patterns and the maintenance of distributional patterns caused through their behavioral adaptations and physiological stress.

It dwells on the competition and predation due to the distribution and abundance of population of intertidal gastropods, its reproductive biology, and the geographical distribution and influences of gastropods on the structure of intertidal communities. The chapter also lists the observations based on general hypotheses and highlights the gap in the knowledge on ecology and behavior of intertidal gastropods, thus, paving a foundation for future research and investigations.

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