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The use of marine reserves in evaluating the dive fishery for the warty sea cucumber, Parastichopus parvimensis in California, U.S.A

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

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Abstract

In this paper we describe an instance of unusual, agonistic behavior in a flock of migrant Short-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus griseus) . We compare this behavior to that of other flocks feeding at the same time at other locations in the same estuary and then present evidence suggesting that this behavior resulted from the patchy distribution of the probable foraging resource of this flock, eggs of the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). We propose that an extremely patchy resource has increased the agonistic behavior within the flock by increasing the variation in foraging success among individuals.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The use of marine reserves in evaluating the dive fishery for the warty sea cucumber, Parastichopus parvimensis in California, U.S.A
Series title:
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Volume
58
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Western Ecological Research Center
Description:
p. 1771-1781
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
First page:
1771
Last page:
1781
Number of Pages:
11