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Dataset: crab predator avoidance
Deployment: Edmunds_VINP

Thethered Calcinus hermit crabs remaining on sand vs. Millepora coral
Principal Investigator: 
Dr Peter J Edmunds (California State University Northridge, CSU-Northridge)
Student: 
Darren J Brown (California State University Northridge, CSU-Northridge)
BCO-DMO Data Manager: 
Nancy Copley (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, WHOI BCO-DMO)
Current State: 
Final no updates expected
Version: 
2014-08-14
Version Date: 
2014-08-14
Description

The study was conducted in St. John within the Virgin Islands National Park (VINP). The majority of our analyses focused on the shallow fringing reefs of Great Lameshur Bay and was completed in 2010 and 2011. Surveys in July and August 2010 focused on the natural history of the association by evaluating Millepora spp. for colony size and population density of C. tibicen. Surveys were repeated between June 2011 and August 2011 and expanded to the north and east shores of St. John to test the generality of the observations initially made in 2010. In 2011, manipulative experiments were conducted to test the functional basis of the Millepora-Calcinus association and evaluate whether it could be described as a commensalism.

Related datasets:
crab abundance and coral size
crab displacement behavior
crab nocturnal surveys

These data were published in Brown D, Edmunds PJ. (2013) The hermit crab Calcinus tibicen lives commensally on Millepora spp. in St. John, United States Virgin Islands.  Coral Reefs 32.1: 127-135.

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