Chesapeake Science

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 159–173 | Cite as

Fecal pellets of common invertebrates of lower York River and lower Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

  • John Kraeuter
  • Dexter S. Haven


Fecal pellets voided by 70 invertebrate species are described, 66 of these for the first time. Pellet size is related to size of animals, and linear regressions are given for two species. Pellet characteristics described are cross-sectional shape, sculpture, differentiation, composition, and shape. The morphology is specific for many animals. However, certain species void feces which are 1) diffuse, 2) morphologically inconsistent, or 3) lack differentiating characteristics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Kraeuter
    • 1
  • Dexter S. Haven
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Institute of Marine ScienceGloucester Point
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of DelawareNewark

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