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Prey capture in Clausocalanus furcatus (Copepoda: Calanoida). The role of swimming behaviour
Uttieri, M.; Paffenhöfer, G.-A.; Mazzocchi, M.G. (2008). Prey capture in Clausocalanus furcatus (Copepoda: Calanoida). The role of swimming behaviour. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 153(5): 925-935.
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162; e-ISSN 1432-1793, more
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  • Uttieri, M.
  • Paffenhöfer, G.-A.
  • Mazzocchi, M.G.

    Prey capture is a fundamental process for the success of copepods in food-diluted environments. This process is influenced by several factors, including swimming and predatory habits. This work is aimed at characterising the kinematic and fractal properties of the swimming trajectories and reconstructing the predatory horizon of the small calanoid copepod Clausocalanus furcatus. Results indicate that the motion of C. furcatus resembles a random process, mainly evolving in one direction, whereas its predatory horizon is confined to a small region frontal to the anterior end of the copepod. These outcomes are discussed in terms of specific adaptation taking into account the natural conditions experienced by C. furcatus in its environment.

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