Spring, the season of the ‘grape-eaters’

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Smith, SDA & Nimbs, M 2017, '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.

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