Foraging behavior of Macrobdella decora.

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dc.contributor.author Estigarribia, Maria en_US
dc.contributor.author Miller, Leanne en_US
dc.contributor.author Teismann, Nathan en_US
dc.coverage.spatial Sedge Point - Douglas Lake en_US
dc.coverage.spatial UMBS Campus en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-14T22:55:52Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-14T22:55:52Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/54783
dc.description.abstract This study investigated the sensory abilities and foraging behavior of the American medicinal leech (Macrobdella decora). Feeding responses to movement, temperature, amphibian skin secretions, and to different components of mammalian blood (serum, plasma, and whole blood) were tested. Results indicated that local water disturbances caused by intermittent movement of a blood source are an important sensory cue; an elevated relative temperature of the blood sources (compared to the surrounding water) also significantly increased foraging success. Further, a blood source that was both warmer than ambient water temperature and that exhibited quick, intermittent movement was most likely to be paraasitized. Chemosensation of both amphibian skin secretions and compounds within mammalian blood serum also appeared to play a major role in leech foraging behavior. en_US
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dc.subject General Ecology en_US
dc.subject.other AQUATIC en_US
dc.subject.other INVERTEBRATES en_US
dc.subject.other LEECHES en_US
dc.subject.other BEHAVIOR en_US
dc.subject.other PARASITES en_US
dc.subject.other FORAGING en_US
dc.title Foraging behavior of Macrobdella decora. en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Natural Resource and Environment en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Science en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationum Biological Station, University of Michigan en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampus Ann Arbor en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/54783/1/3224.pdf en_US
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dc.owningcollname Biological Station, University of Michigan (UMBS)
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