BIOTIC Species Information for Tenellia adspersa
Researched byNicola White Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Richard S.K. Barnes
General Biology
Growth formLanceolate
Feeding methodPredator
Environmental positionEpifaunal
Typical food typesHydroids, especially %Cordylophora caspia%, Laomeda spp. and %Protohydra leuckarti% HabitFree living
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeVery small(<1cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional InformationTenellia adspersa can rapidly devour hydroid colonies, exhausting its own food supply. It has been suggested that the developmental plasticity and rapid growth of this species enables it to disperse to new locations to find new food.
Biology References Antsulevich & Starobogatov, 1991,
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