Spring, the season of the ‘grape-eaters’
Smith, SDA & Nimbs, M in press, 'Spring, the season of the ‘grape-eaters’', Malacological Society of Australasia: Newsletter, vol. 160, pp. 9-10.
The higher water temperatures and increased light in-tensity associated with the austral spring lead to changes in the availability of benthic habitats, including various algae. On a recent trip to an extensive rock pool on the Coffs Harbour coast, growths of Caulerpa were much more luxuriant than over the winter months and a number of heterobranch sea slugs were making the most of this food supply.