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Why do oysters choose to live where they could be eaten?

vely settle on reefs helped solved the puzzle. Oyster feeding currents are actually very weak, so while they will readily eat larvae if captured, settling larvae are just not captured very often. In fact, when a comparison of being captured versus landing on a suitable location to grow was conducted, it was found that more than 95 percent of an oyster reef is a safe zone for larvae. Given this low cannibalism risk at settlement, future payoffs appear to have driven the evolution of a gregarious settlement cue that promotes group living in oysters.


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Contact: Christopher Conner
cconner@umces.edu
410-268-0675
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
1-May-2007


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