Terrestrial Hermit Crab Populations in the Maldives [electronic resource] : Ecology, Distribution and Anthropogenic Impact / by Sebastian Steibl
- Steibl, Sebastian
- Wiesbaden : Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden : Imprint: Springer Spektrum, 2020.
- 1st ed. 2020.
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- XIII, 53 pages 8 illustrations : online resource
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- BestMasters, 2625-3577
- Shell Resource Partitioning as a Mechanism of Coexistence in Two Co-occurring Terrestrial Hermit Crab Species -- Daytime Activity and Habitat Preferences of Two Sympatric Hermit Crab Species (Decapoda: Anomura: Coenobita) -- Disentangling the Environmental Impact of Different Human Disturbances: a Case Study on Islands.
- Terrestrial hermit crabs are among the most widespread beach-dwelling organisms with key ecological functions but receive only very limited research attention. Sebastian Steibl demonstrates how physical parameters shape their overall distribution, presents a possible mechanism for their speciation and coexistence and shows for the first time how different human activities can have a major impact on their populations. The author points out that terrestrial hermit crabs, due to their conspicuous behavior to utilize shells, are a good model to study mechanisms of competition and coexistence in natural populations. Furthermore, they are suitable indicator organisms to assess human impact, as they respond differently depending on the type of anthropogenic disturbance. Contents Shell Resource Partitioning as a Mechanism of Coexistence in Two Co-occurring Terrestrial Hermit Crab Species Daytime Activity and Habitat Preferences of Two Sympatric Hermit Crab Species (Decapoda: Anomura: Coenobita) Disentangling the Environmental Impact of Different Human Disturbances: a Case Study on Islands Target Groups Scientists and students in the field of ecology, zoology and conservation biology About the Author Sebastian Steibl is a PhD student at the Institute of Animal Ecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In his actual PhD research, he builds up on the presented work to investigate the architecture as well as functionality of small insular ecosystems and to analyze how different anthropogenic disturbances impact those ecosystem processes.
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