microphagous


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microphagous

(of an aquatic organism) collecting very small particles suspended in water and consuming them as food. see FILTER FEEDER.
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The small size of Bathypterois mediterraneus is important in its feeding because Sulak (1984b) postulated that small-bodied components of the abyssal fauna are microphagous (e.
Some gastropods feed by scraping the substrate with their radula, such as the limpet (Patella) and other patellar gastropods, and the littorinids, which are microphagous or have beak-like mouthparts they can use to tear plants to pieces or to graze on small plants and diatoms, in a way similar to sea urchins.
Scaling of gut size and feeding structures probably forces benthic juveniles to forage differently from the microphagous deposit- or suspension-feeding adults (Jumars et al.
Further, most bufonid anurans are microphagous suspension-feeders that eat fungi, detritus, microorganisms such as bacteria and protozoans, as well as algae (Wassersug, 1975; Duellman and Trueb, 1986).
58), that entered the benthic food chain through microphagous herbivorous fish and detritivores that exploit coralline substrates that are dead as a result of natural or human interference.
For microphagous feeding (2) yeast cells were labeled with the dye Evans blue.