Foraging mode and prey size spectra of suspension-feeding copepods and other zooplankton

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Prey size spectra of suspension-feeding zooplankton may be predicted from foraging mode and a mechanistic understanding of prey perception and capture. I examine this for suspension-feeding copepods where 2 foraging modes can be distinguished: ambush feeding and active (i.e. cruising and feeding-current) feeding. Prey perception mechanisms differ between the 2 foraging modes. I use simple arguments to predict that the ambush strategy targets larger prey and has a narrower prey size spectrum than the cruising and feeding-current feeding strategies. I compile data from the literature that confirm the prediction. I also make qualitative predictions of food size spectra in zooplankton with other prey perception mechanisms that accord with observations.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesMarine Ecology Progress Series
Pages (from-to)15-20
Publication statusPublished - 2016
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    Research areas

  • ECOLOGY, MARINE, OCEANOGRAPHY, PLANKTON, SELECTIVITY, PERCEPTION, MECHANISMS, MORPHOLOGY, PATTERNS, CAPTURE, SIGNALS, GROWTH, RATES, Prey perception mechanism, Prey capture mechanism, Pelagic tunicates, Heterotrophic flagellates, Dinoflagellates, Cladocerans
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