Marine Biology

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 193–199

Suspension-feeding by herbivorous calanoid copepods: A cinematographic study


  • G. -A. Paffenhöfer
    • Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
  • J. R. Strickler
    • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • M. Alcaraz
    • Instituto de Investigaciones PesquerasPaseo Nacional

DOI: 10.1007/BF00401285

Cite this article as:
Paffenhöfer, G.-., Strickler, J.R. & Alcaraz, M. Marine Biology (1982) 67: 193. doi:10.1007/BF00401285


Many planktonic calanoid copepods are commonly described as “filter-feeders”. Direct observations using high-speed micro-cinematography indicate that these animals are “suspension-feeders”. They capture and handle the food particles not passively according to size and shape but, in most cases, actively using sensory inputs for detection, motivation to capture, and ingestion.

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