Marine Biology

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 143–147 | Cite as

Field observations on the feeding behavior of salps (Tunicata: Thaliacea)

  • L. P. Madin


Observations of living salps by SCUBA diving in the Florida Current and Gulf of California (Mexico) indicate that they filter feed with a continuously renewed mucus net. Ninety-one percent of 1420 salps (6 species) examined were feeding in this manner. Particles collected range from about 1 mm to less than 1 μm. Compact fecal pellets appear to contain much undigested material and may carry significant amounts of carbon out of surface waters.


Surface Water Field Observation Fecal Pellet Scuba Diving Filter Feed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. P. Madin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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