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Eukaryon

Class Year

2007

Keywords

aquatic foraging, algae, peripheral vasodilatation, iguana body size

Abstract

The Galapagos Island marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cirstatus) relies on energy-expensive foraging strategies in order to tolerate environments required by a strictly seaweed diet (Nagy, 1984). The quality or quantity of seaweed plays an intricate role in body size, grazing ability, and fitness of this specialist herbivore. In this review, I will discuss the relationship between algal abundance and quality and its effects on the fitness and reproductive timing of the marine iguana.

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Eukaryon is published by students at Lake Forest College, who are solely responsible for its content. The views expressed in Eukaryon do not necessarily reflect those of the College. Articles published within Eukaryon should not be cited in bibliographies. Material contained herein should be treated as personal communication and should be cited as such only with the consent of the author.

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