Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Morphological diversity among crustaceans with examples of extreme habitat adaptations

Matz S. Berggren, Ph.D.
 Kristineberg Marine Research Station

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

Shrimps, like other invertebrates, try to survive in dangerous environments by obtaining as much protection as possible while retaining a reliable source of food in order to grow and multiply. Some shrimps are very successful in this by acquiring adaptations toward host animals in different ways. Our knowledge about the relationships between the shrimp and its host is very scarce. This talk will show different mechanisms of adaptation using examples from the shrimps. A short discussion about the problems of using the word "commensal/commensalism’" will also be addressed.

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