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What was the experiment used to determine the zonation of barnacles (Semibalanus and Chthamalus)?

-transplant experiments

-S. usually lower, C. higher

-so change transplants S. to higher positions, = the S cannot survive as it dessicates (so limited by physical factors)

-why is C. usually higher?

-change C. position, put it lower= cannot survive due to competition with S (S is more fast growing)

-also why is S not in the really deep bits?= transplant there= cannot survive due to predation of a snail that drills in and eats the barnacle out (figured out by cage experiments to keep the snail out and then S. survived well)

-overall the zonation is caused by a variety of factors! -larval settlement patterns of S. and C. explain some of the differences in adult distribution (although settlement overlaps in upper intertidal) -Joe Connell experiments (1961)

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What is the general distribution of Semibalanus and Chthamalus?

-barnacles occur on both sides of the Atlantic -Semibalanus dominates from the mean high tide level and below -Chthamalus dominates the high intertidal zone -at mean low water level, barnacles are generally rare


What is the generalisation that Connell's experiments have led to about the zonation of intertidal zones?

-the upper limit in the intertidal zone is regulated by physical factors (desiccation etc.), whereas the lower limit is regulated by biological forces (predation etc.) -this has many exceptions e.g. the lower limit of some exposed coast species is determined by wave shock (physical factor)


What is the worry with the intertidal zonation patterns and the effect of global climate change?

-that the warming climate will re-organise the outcomes of competitive interactions between organisms in the intertidal zone

-climate change may tip the balance of biological interactions and cause changes in intertidal community structure (hockey stick graph= indicates global warming)

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What are the environmental conditions at Cape Cod?

-East coast USA

-classical bio-geographic barrier

-colder water to the north and warmer to the south

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What did the Cape cod experiment mean about the effect of climate change?

-to the south of Cape Cod, Semibalanus and Cthamalus compete= C. dominates the high intertidal zone -to the south S cannot outcompete C in the high intertidal -to the North of Cape Cod, waters are too cold for Cthamalus and Semibalanus occurs right at the top of the high intertidal -the northern limit of Cthamalus is determined by both temperature and competition with Semibalanus -Transplanted Cthamalus moved 80km north of their northern limit survived well when they did not have to compete with Semibalanus -thus C's competition ability affected by temperature -As land and water temperatures rise, likely to be numerous range extensions of intertidal species and changes in competitive interactions among them


How common is competition on rocky shores?



What is contest competition?

-occurs when some species or individuals of a species defend territories, fight with competitors or have contests that have a winner and a loser


What is scramble competition?

-involves all consumers feeding as best as they can


What is the example of intraspecific competition among limpets?

-competition for food leads to decreased survival of limpets

-a) survival is greater where there is more food, demonstrating the relationship between competition and the resource

-b) survival is less where numbers of consumers are greater

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What is a direct species interaction?

-interact directly with one another -e.g. herbivore eats a plant= negative effect on the plant


What is an indirect interaction?

-have effect on each other without interacting directly -e.g. predator eats a herbivore, negative effect on herbivore, fewer herbivores is positive for plants so the predator has an indirect positive effect on the plants


Can predation modify the dominance achieved by competition and affect species composition?



What is an example of a community where predation affects the composition of that community?

e.g.- the keystone species Pisaster (the starfish) in the Californian rocky intertidal 1.they live low on the shore and crawl up to consume mussels, whelks and other grazing shellfish 2.Mussels are competitively dominant, occupy almost all space and smother sessile species and exclude other mobile grazers (as they have the byssal threads and can climb on top of things and suffocate them) 3.diversity of animals and plants is reduced when mussels are very abundant 4. the starfish eat the mussels (have external stomach and force the mussels open) and maintains open space and promotes diversity of other organisms through consuming mussels 5.Paine (1974) demonstrated this with a decade long experiment where he removed the starfish= the mussels then colonised almost all of the space and species diversity decreased


What is the effect of disturbance on the intertidal zone?

-disturbance in the rocky intertidal is frequent (e.g. storms and other weather events) -large-scale disturbances may lead to unpredictable colonisation, leading to alternate stable states -partly explains why we observe different patches in the intertidal zone with different dominating species despite the predictable outcomes of the processes of competition


What is the example demonstrating disturbance effects in the intertidal zone (the brown algae, Morula and barnacles)

-Hormosira banksii (brown alga the one making the Neptune's necklace), Morula marginalba (drilling carnivorous gastropod), barnacles (get eaten by Morula) -Morula takes cover underneath the wet canopy of Hormosia at low tide (to not desiccate) -barnacle mortality typically high withing and near seaweeds -severe storm in 1974 tore Hormosira away, no cover for Morula so they die -with no predators, barnacles proliferated -rocky intertidal switched from Harmosira to barnacle dominated for 5 years, in some places the effect remains!


How does spatial scale affect community composition?

-open habitat patch size due to disturbance affects patch future

-mussels re-colonise small patches by crawling in

-large patches too far to re-colonise ,which allows colonization if patch centre by seaweeds and another species of mussel, which may persist

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What was the nature experiment at Cape Cod?

-they built a waterway= mixing the warm and cold water, opening a way through -then the distribution of C. observed and get halfway through the waterway to the North and then absent (where colder water) -barnacles Cthamalus prefers warmer water (in the south) and lives in high intertidal -transplant experiment, put C. into the colder water further north and survival was good as long as Semibalanus was not there! so it is not the temperature but competition that affected its distribution