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The morphology and performance of suspension-feeding appendages

Authors
Journal
Journal of Theoretical Biology
0022-5193
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
105
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0022-5193(83)90420-4
Disciplines
  • Ecology

Abstract

Abstract Many aquatic animals feed on small particles that they remove from the surrounding water using suspension-feeding appendages. Calanoid copepods are an ecologically important group of particle-feeding animals whose diverse second maxillae provide an ideal system for investigating how the structure and behavior of suspension-feeding appendages affect their performance. Questions about the selective particle capture and the cost of movement of such appendages are outlined, and theoretical approaches that might point to answers are suggested in this paper.

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