Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 203-211 Oct-Dec 2011


Tube-building behaviour and feeding preference of the marine amphipod Ampithoe laxipodus (Crustacea : Ampithoidae)


Chandani Appadoo* and Joanna Volbert

Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Mauritius, Reduit (MAURITIUS)


Received on : July 15, 2011




Ampithoid amphipods play a crucial role as mesograzers and are important in channelling marine primary production to higher trophic levels. Ampithoe laxipodus is a species new to science and endemic to Mauritius. Studying its biology helps to understand further ecological processes of the island


Keywords : Tubes, Tube-building, Amphipods, Feeding preference, Herbivores, Algae, Mesograzers