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Filtration rate capacities in undisturbed freshwater bivalves were determined by means of two different methods (indirect "clearance" and "suction" methods) in Anodonta anatina (L.), Unio tumidus Philipsson, Unio pictorum (L.), Unio crassus Philipsson, Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas) and Sphaerium corneum (L.). In A. anatina, D. polymorpha, and S. corneum the(More)
Partitioning of inorganic and organic mercury was studied in the cockles Cardium edule and C. glaucum sampled in a chronically polluted area in the Western Limfjord, Denmark. The proportion of organic mercury in the cockles was linearly correlated to age (and weight) but not to total mercury concentration in the cockles. In 2-, 3- and 4-year-old cockles(More)
The relationship between body dry weight (W) and shell length (L) of blue mussels, Mytilus edulis, can be expressed by the condition index (CI = W/L 3) which varies from population to population and during the year. Here, we examine the influence of CI on the relationships between maximum filtration rate (F, l h−1), W (g), and L (mm) as described by the(More)
The energy cost for various ciliary filter feeders shows that useful pump work constitutes 0.3–1.1% of the total metabolic expenditure. The 'water processing potential' (liters of water pumped per milliliter O 2 consumed by the animal) is a useful tool for characterizing filter feeding and adaptation to the environment. The six types of ciliary-capture(More)
The effect of salinity on the filtration rate of blue mussels, Mytilus edulis, from the brackish Great Belt (Denmark) and the low-saline Central Baltic Sea, respectively, was studied. First, we measured the effect of long-term (weeks) constant ambient salinities between 5 and 30 psu on the filtration rate of M. edulis collected in the Great Belt where the(More)
To obtain precise and reliable laboratory clearance rate (filtration rate) measurements with the 'flow-through chamber method' (FTC) the design must ensure that only inflow water reaches the bivalve's inhalant aperture and that exit flow is fully mixed. As earlier recommended these prerequisites can be checked by a plot of clearance rate (CR) versus(More)
The present study is a first step towards evaluation of the potential for line-mussel production in the Great Belt region between the Kattegat and Baltic Sea, Denmark. We present experimental results for actual growth rates of juvenile/adult mussels Mytilus edulis in suspended net bags in terms of shell length and dry weight of soft parts during extended(More)
The integrated function of the setal filter-basket and the pleopodal pump in the burrowing amphipod Corophium volutator was studied by video-microscopy in order to evaluate the energy costs of filter feeding. Video-microscope observations indicated that, in general, nine short, water-pumping beat cycles of the pleopods are succeeded by one slow cycle that(More)