Documentation of suffocation in bivalves capable of tightly closing their margin is restricted usually to laboratory observations. Tetrodotoxin (TTX), produced by marine bacteria, is documented in a variety of organisms and is accumulated as ingested through diet at multiple trophic levels in the marine realm. Neverita Didyma or moon shell isolated on black background. Agersborg (1920) described suffocation first as an outcome of siphon plugging (e.g. In this study we review literature accounts of alternative forms of naticid predation and employ laboratory experiments to examine how factors in artificial settings, specifically insufficient sediment depth, may influence reported occurrences of alternative modes of predation. Deaths were mostly attributed to suffocation as opposed to operculum wedging, due to the presence of incomplete drillholes. Neverita lewisii lives in the Eastern Pacific, from British Columbia to northern Baja California, Mexico. Leighton (2001, 2002) applied ‘smothering’ when citing alternative predation modes described by Vermeij (1980) and Ansell & Morton (1987). Presence of multiple predators could be a factor influencing suffocation in some previous studies (Table 3); decreased incidence of suffocation in our experiments may be related also to the fact that only single predators were utilized in each tank. Kitchell et al., 1981), in part because it is readily available as a commercial species. (1986) recognized the issue of prey health in laboratory studies and proposed that Medcof & Thurber (1958) incorrectly ascribed Mya arenaria deaths without drillholes to naticid predation instead of considering background mortality of experimental prey after being placed in the field. If suffocation is faster than drilling, it could be favoured by natural selection in highly competitive settings (see Dietl, Herbert & Vermeij, 2004, for an analogous argument concerning edge drilling). Furthermore, suffocation of prey noted in laboratory experiments is widespread latitudinally (Tables 2 and 3), perhaps indicating that alternative predation modes may contribute to lower drilling at warmer latitudes instead, especially if toxins are involved. Nevertheless, it is useful to hypothesize the circumstances under which suffocation might be employed by naticid species, as a starting point for future research. Terms such as ‘smothering’ are ambiguous and should be abandoned; ‘nondrilling predation’ is not inclusive of all alternative predatory behaviours. It is interesting to note that TTX is found in Polinices mammilla and Glossalaux didyma, both reported to suffocate prey; use of TTX in alternative modes of predation by these naticids warrants investigation. Tanks were monitored every 72 h and seawater was partially changed in each setup during the interval halfway between experimental checks. Most of the analyzed PFCs could be detected in the samples, with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as the prominent PFC, although … The experiments conducted in this study are a first step in such research. Quality control and monitoring of prey are crucial to identify cases of natural mortality (as recognized by Ansell & Morton, 1985, 1987) or inadvertent suffocation of stressed prey. Albula didyma Röding, 1798 (original combination) Glossaulax didyma (Röding, 1798) Natica chemnitzii Récluz in Chenu, 1843 (doubtful synonym) Lastly, we advise caution in documenting alternative modes of naticid predation and applying terminology to mortality of the prey. The decision to use M. mercenaria as prey was based on several factors. b) Predatorlprey size: Broom (1982) found a direct relationship between mean sizes of Natica maculosa and its bivalve prey Anadura granosa, while Berry (1982), working with the same predator, found larger individuals to feed The hypothesis that decreasing substrate depths yield increasing deaths by suffocation was tested in a laboratory setting through five treatments: 0 (i.e. All moon snails fed during the course of the experiment except for two of the individuals in aquaria lacking sand. Our results provide insight as to appropriate sediment depths for laboratory work on N. duplicata, alleviating prior concerns that minimal sediment leads to suffocation of prey. Suffocation, whether intentional or not, may be advantageous if it reduces prey handling time before feeding begins (Hughes, 1985; Ansell & Morton, 1987). 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Nearly all drillholes in this investigation were located at umbo, as seen in these specimens. Although careful control of laboratory conditions may minimize false reports of suffocation by naticids, in some cases alternative modes of predation may be real. B.N. For example, Bayliss (1986) found that Euspira pulchella was unable to drill prey in aquaria containing only a few millimetres of sand; although victims could be captured, moon snails were unable to burrow and merely moved in circles, dragging their prey with them. Finally, following Visaggi (2012), empty shells recovered every 6 d were analysed for signs of decay following natural mortality, including odour and whether any soft parts remained, as naticids typically consume the entire soft tissues of prey (Kitchell et al., 1981). 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Yet no clear pattern existed between the percentage of prey attacked through supposed suffocation and characteristics such as surface ornamentation or shell thickness. The role of mucus secretions in naticid predation, particularly by suffocation, is controversial. In our study, incomplete drilling, typically due to interruption during experimental checks, was monitored carefully. Examining literature accounts of alternative modes of naticid predation is challenging, because potential confounding variables have often not been reported (e.g. Bee balm (Monarda didyma) adds brilliant color to the garden in summer. In Korean cuisine the snails are used in a dish called golbaengi-muchim (moon snail salad). This project resulted from work started as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program awarded to P. Kelley and G. Dietl (Grant No. Burrowing through soft substrates, most naticids forage at or below the sediment surface and remain submerged while in pursuit of their prey. If the bivalve was in fact injured by the previous drilling attempt and gaped shortly after being enveloped by the naticid at the onset of a second attack, it may have been suffocated, eliminating the need for further drilling. Vermeij (1980) noted, in experiments on bivalves in Guam, that lucinids were always drilled as opposed to other species apparently expiring from suffocation. One of the three individuals found empty without drillholes showed clear evidence of decomposition, indicating decay following natural mortality rather than suffocation or scavenging. Although TTX is found mostly in the muscle or digestive glands of naticids, Natica lineata demonstrated a capacity to release seawater yielding acute paralytic toxicity in response to external stimulation, i.e. Leighton, as well as subsequent palaeontologists (e.g. Neverita duplicata (Say, 1822) is an abundant moon snail inhabiting shallow intertidal to subtidal environments along the eastern coast of the United States. However, many bivalves are noted for their capacity to remain closed for long periods, suggesting that such questionable deaths may not be attributable entirely to suffocation; consequently, copious mucus secretions that aid in prey capture and handling are often considered (Ansell & Morton, 1987). 408, Revision on the classification of Recent Naticidae, Third Report on Investigations of Methods of Improving the Shellfish Resources of Massachusetts. Furthermore, Kardon (1998) did not observe any alternative modes of predation by N. duplicata on M. mercenaria in long-term experiments that carefully monitored the prey offered. Several diseases of the gut are manifestations of our diet; irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and gluten therapy resistant celiac to name a few. Neverita (Genus) Neverita didyma (Species) Status. Drillholes were evenly distributed among right and left valves in each setup (51.2% R: 48.8% L for all depths combined). Surface observations were noted at this midpoint between 6 d experimental checks, but moon snails within the substrate were not disturbed if possible. The rarity of suffocation in our experiments contrasts with accounts of more frequent suffocation by Neverita duplicata in other laboratory studies (Table 3); explanations other than insufficient sediment are needed for reports of alleged suffocation. We offer the following recommendations for future work on alternative modes of naticid predation in laboratory settings. and their bivalve prey Mya arenaria L.): effects of clam size, tidal height, and site, Drilling predation of bivalves in Guam: some paleoecological implications, Evolution and escalation: an ecological history of life, Successful and unsuccessful drilling predation in Recent pelecypods, Latitudinal variation in naticid gastropod predation on Western Atlantic mollusks: investigating evolutionary patterns in the fossil record through modern ecosystems. No consensus yet exists regarding latitudinal variation in drilling frequency; peaks in drilling are reported poleward, equatorward or at mid-latitudes based on modern and fossil shell deposits (for a review, see Kelley & Hansen, 2007; Visaggi, 2012). Appropriate substrate depths for prey species should be considered as well, especially for any that exhibit escape behaviours such as leaping or are large and have long siphons for deep burrowing within the sediment, as discussed by Bayliss (1986); extrapolation of laboratory observations to field settings may not be appropriate if artificial conditions do not reflect natural habitats. This species increased dramatically from 2002 to 2004. One final clam without a drillhole was found gaping atop the sediment surface in the 1-cm setup, but decaying flesh accompanied by an unpleasant odour indicated death by natural causes. In January 2016 at my son’s 21st birthday, I remember thinking I just needed to learn to love my curves. Prey manipulation begins as a victim is captured, secured in the large muscular foot of the naticid and enveloped in a film of mucus. expected from the optimal diet model (Hughes & Elner 1979, Hughes & Seed 1981, Jubb et al. The occurrence of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the Bohai Sea region, a semi-enclosed bay in north China, was assessed in this present study. Our experiments indicate a lack of deaths by suffocation in Neverita duplicata consuming Mercenaria mercenaria. 3D). Maximum depths reported from field observations range upwards of 15–25 cm (Stinson, 1946; Medcof & Thurber, 1958; Bernard, 1967; Kenchington, Duggan & Riddell, 1998). Predators often attempted to bury themselves at least partially in the sediment, however, indicating that more substrate is preferred. Neverita duplicata typically avoids carrion (Kitchell et al., 1986; Fregeau, 1991), but consumes freshly injured (Edwards & Huebner, 1977) or, albeit rarely, recently killed prey (Fig. (2002) A compendium of fossil marine animal genera, Bulletins of American Paleontology 363, 1-560: Martin G. C. (1904) Gastropoda, Maryland Geological Survey Miocene Text, 131 … Even in cases of mortality attributed specifically to suffocation by naticids, relatively little is known about the actual cause of death. due to suffocation); (2) restrict use of ‘suffocation’ to situations in which mortality is attributed to respiratory distress; (3) promote the more appropriate phrase ‘alternative modes of predation’ as encompassing all feeding by naticids that is not accomplished using a completed drillhole and (4) abandon the term ‘smothering’ as it is not employed consistently or clearly in the literature, in part because multiple mechanisms may be executed by naticids in achieving apparent suffocation. The indoor environment and diet both play prominent roles in adult human exposure to PBDEs 7. Profile of Neverita didyma, commonly known as Ball moon snail. Analysis of previous studies indicates that prey health and other laboratory effects are likely responsible for many instances of suffocation reported in the literature. 1100–400BC)andiscomposed,asfarasweknow atthemoment,ofsixdwellings,someofthemlinkedbyenclosurewalls. All else being equal, natural selection should favour active behaviours that are predictable (e.g. Only three specimens (<1%) were found empty without drillholes. my weight crept back on and I accepted that 84 kg (185 lbs) was “my” weight. The impact of Euspira fortunei as an alien predator on fluctuations in population densities of prey mollusks between 2001 and 2010 on the Tona coast, northern Japan, was investigated. It is a generalist predator that feeds primarily on infaunal bivalves (Belding, 1930; Edwards, 1974). Neverita Risso, 1826. 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Future work on other alternative modes of predation by naticids, in both laboratory and field experiments, should focus on validating reported occurrences of such predation and identifying different mechanisms that may be involved. Only live attacks are incorporated here; scavenging is not reviewed. Although shallower sediment depths did not seem to impact outcome of predation by N. duplicata significantly, absence of sediment greatly affected predatory behaviour. For instance, Ansell & Morton (1987) found certain prey (Venerupis philippinarum and Anomalocardia squamosa) were more frequently consumed by Polinices mammilla in the absence of drilling. suffocation). Percentages and numbers listed represent the proportion of prey consumed by alternative means. Each experimental setup contained only a single predator and six prey, which were replaced every 6 d as consumed. Species Parent. Only eight live individuals were removed and consequently replaced during the course of experiments due to health concerns; four or fewer were replaced per trial. An exception may be suffocation that is aided by toxicity, as drilling is likely more expensive and slower than use of paralysing secretions. Suffocation was not stated explicitly as the cause of death but was implied by the phrase “smothering with the foot” (Morton, 1958: 95). Harries & Schopf, 2007; Kelley & Hansen, 2007), apparently employed this term as a synonym for nondrilling predation by suffocation, although this use was never stated clearly and perhaps led to misinterpretation of the term as a catch-all phrase for any instance of naticid feeding in the absence of drilling. Both predator and prey size are recorded in mm; sizes are based on lengths unless otherwise defined as height (H). 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