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Behaviour and ecology of the inter-tidal pulmonate mollusc, Onchidium peronii, in Kuwait

Auther : IAN D. McFARLANE

Department of Zoology, University of Kuwait

 

ABSTRACT

 

The naked pulmonate mollusk, Onchidiurn peronii, is locally abundant on rocky shores in Kuwait. It lives in rock crevices or holes and, when uncovered by the tide, it may emerge and spend up to 3 hr feeding before it returns to its own home some time before the tide covers the rock. Emergence is correlated with the time of low tide and is less likely around midday. During feeding excursions a trail of faeces is laid, which provides a convenient way of monitoring the movements of animals. In homing, the animals sometimes retrace all or part of their outward path but on other occasions they home without contact with the outward trail. Descriptions are given of the size distribution of the population, and of feeding and reproductive behaviour.

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