Marine Biology

, Volume 92, Issue 2, pp 183–187 | Cite as

Uptake of bacterial extracellular polymer by a deposit-feeding holothurian (Isostichopus badionotus)

  • B. H. Baird
  • D. Thistle


A laboratory experiment shows that exopolymer (=mucopolysaccharide) produced by the estuarine marine bacterium Pseudomonas atlantica can be a source of nutrition for the deposit-feeding holothurian Isostichopus badionotus (Selenka). Holothurians fed sediment prepared with 14C-labeled exopolymer incorporated radioactive carbon into their rete mirabile.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. H. Baird
    • 1
  • D. Thistle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OceanographyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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