Origins, Innovations, and Diversification of Suction Feeding in Vertebrates.

  title={Origins, Innovations, and Diversification of Suction Feeding in Vertebrates.},
  author={Peter C. Wainwright and Matthew D. McGee and Sarah J Longo and Luz Patricia Hernandez},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  volume={55 1},
We review the origins, prominent innovations, and major patterns of diversification in suction feeding by vertebrates. Non-vertebrate chordates and larval lamprey suspension-feed by capturing small particles in pharyngeal mucous. In most of these lineages the gentle flows that transport particles are generated by buccal cilia, although larval lamprey and thaliacean urochordates have independently evolved a weak buccal pump to generate an oscillating flow of water that is powered by elastic… CONTINUE READING
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