|Feeding rates of continually submerged Hydrobia ulvae vary during the daylight hours|
Barnes, R.S.K. (2003). Feeding rates of continually submerged Hydrobia ulvae vary during the daylight hours. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 83(6): 1273-1275
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
Benthos; Feeding; Hydrobia ulvae (Pennant, 1777) [WoRMS]
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Feeding, as estimated by egestion rate, in coastal epibenthic mud snails Hydrobia ulvae living continually submerged in lagoon-like conditions varies significantly with time of day. Both in the field and in the laboratory, egestion rate is maximal around mid-day and minimal at twilight. This variation, here ranging in magnitude from mean lows of some nine faecal pellets h−1 to highs of 34 h−1, is consonant with likely rhythms of availability and productivity of their microphytobenthic food.