Phase shift of a tidal rhythm by light-dark cycles in the semi- terrestrial crab Sesarma pictum

M. Saigusa

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Abstract

Under conditions of constant dim light, the rhythm for the first ten days was unimodal (larval release just after the nocturnal high tide) and then became bimodal (no apparent synchrony with the tides or with other members of the population) for the remainder of the experimental period. In photoperiods similar to those in the field, the rhythm was maintained; the phase was bimodal and the timing of larval release was delayed 1-2 h from predicted times of high water in the habitat. When the photoperiod was advanced or delayed, the tidal rhythm was phase-shifted accordingly. The photoperiod does entrain the release rhythm to bimodal tidal cycle. So the phase-shift of a tidal rhythm by 24-h LD cycles is a difficult phenomenon to explain. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalBiological Bulletin
Volume182
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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