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dc.titleThe defensive role of scutes in juvenile fluted giant clams (Tridacna squamosa)
dc.contributor.authorHan, L.
dc.contributor.authorTodd, P.A.
dc.contributor.authorChou, L.M.
dc.contributor.authorBing, Y.V.
dc.contributor.authorSivaloganathan, B.
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-19T02:55:44Z
dc.date.available2014-05-19T02:55:44Z
dc.date.issued2008-04-28
dc.identifier.citationHan, L., Todd, P.A., Chou, L.M., Bing, Y.V., Sivaloganathan, B. (2008-04-28). The defensive role of scutes in juvenile fluted giant clams (Tridacna squamosa). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 359 (1) : 77-83. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2008.02.021
dc.identifier.issn00220981
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/53216
dc.description.abstractThis study tests the hypothesis that the scaly projections (scutes) on the shells of juvenile giant fluted clams, Tridacna squamosa, are an adaptation against crushing predators such as crabs. The forces required to crush scutes and clams were measured with a universal testing machine whereas crab chela strength was measured with a digital force gauge connected to a set of lever arms. Results for shell properties and chela strength are used to create two, non-mutually exclusive, predator-defense models. In Model 1, scutes increase the overall shell size, consequently reducing the number of crab predators with chelae that are large enough to seize and crush the prey. In Model 2, the chela has to open more to grasp a prey with these projecting structures which leads to a loss of claw-closing force such that crabs fail to crush the scutes, and consequently the clam. Clam scutes may also deter crab predators by increasing the risk of claw damage and/or handling time. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.description.urihttp://libproxy1.nus.edu.sg/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2008.02.021
dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectChela strength
dc.subjectCrab
dc.subjectDefense
dc.subjectGiant clam
dc.subjectModel
dc.subjectTridacna
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
dc.contributor.departmentTROPICAL MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
dc.contributor.departmentSTATISTICS & APPLIED PROBABILITY
dc.description.doi10.1016/j.jembe.2008.02.021
dc.description.sourcetitleJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
dc.description.volume359
dc.description.issue1
dc.description.page77-83
dc.description.codenJEMBA
dc.identifier.isiut000256104100011
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