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Environmental drivers of adult locomotion and reproduction in a symbiont-hosting sea anemone

Citation

Bedgood, Samuel (2019), Environmental drivers of adult locomotion and reproduction in a symbiont-hosting sea anemone , DataONE, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.15146/R3509H

Abstract

This data was collected from the sea anemone species Exaiptasia diaphana collected in the Florida Keys in January 2016. Anemones were brought into the lab where they were exposed to feeding treatments (fed or starved) and algal symbiont manipulations (high or low symbiont denisties). We collected data on movement via time lapse photography, reproduction via counting of pedal lacerates, and anemone size via photography and analysis in the program ImageJ. We found that feeding treatments had an effect on movement, but symbiont density did not. However, there was an interaction between feeding and symbiont density that did have an effect on reproduction and anemone size. We suggest that food availbility affects adult movement in sea anemones and that movemnt may impact the ability of this nominally sessile organism to escape deleterious conditions.

Methods

See methods within the data set file