Behavioral Adaptation to Intertidal Life by Ernest Naylor (auth.), Guido Chelazzi, Marco Vannini (eds.)

By Ernest Naylor (auth.), Guido Chelazzi, Marco Vannini (eds.)

The NATO complex learn Workshop on "Behavioural version to Intertidal existence" held in Castiglioncello, Italy (May, 1987) used to be attended by way of 50 members, so much of whom provided asked lectures. It was once might be the 1st time that experts of assorted animal teams, from cnidarians to birds, have been in a position to meet and talk about the significance of behavioural variation to this odd, occasionally very harsh atmosphere. however the taxonomic barrier isn't the just one which the assembly attemped to over­ come. in recent times, the learn on intertidal biology has unfold from natural taxonomy and static research of neighborhood constitution to such dynamic points as intra- and interspecific relationships, and physiological mechanisms geared toward fending off rigidity and exploitation of limited-resources. This expanding curiosity stems not just from a bent for this actual ecological method and a few of its ordinary population, but additionally from the belief that rocky and sandy shore groups are appropriate types for checking out and bettering a few international theories of evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology and sociobiology. The variety of eco-physiological and eco-ethological difficulties rising from the learn of intertidal animals is fascinatingly huge and a whole knowing of this surroundings can't be reached utilizing a strictly "reductionistic" or a natural "holistic" approach.

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