Marine animal behaviour in relation to lunar phase

Authors
Citation
E. Naylor, Marine animal behaviour in relation to lunar phase, EARTH MOON, 85-6, 2001, pp. 291-302
Citations number
38
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
EARTH MOON AND PLANETS
ISSN journal
0167-9295 → ACNP
Volume
85-6
Year of publication
2001
Pages
291 - 302
Database
ISI
SICI code
0167-9295(2001)85-6:<291:MABIRT>2.0.ZU;2-P
Abstract
For marine invertebrate animals, in particular, examples are given of rhyth mic patterns of locomotor, reproductive and moulting behaviour which are of lunar and semilunar periodicities. Some of these 29.5 and 14.8 day rhythms are shown to persist in constant conditions in the laboratory, indicative of internal biological clock control induced by intense adaptive selection pressure. In some cases phasing of the rhythms is directly by moonlight but , in other cases phasing is indirect, associated with lunar monthly variati ons in the amplitude of ocean tides, that is the neap/spring cycle.