Passive Suspension Feeding by an Octocoral in Plankton Patches: Empirical Test of a Mathematical Model.

@article{Patterson1991PassiveSF,
  title={Passive Suspension Feeding by an Octocoral in Plankton Patches: Empirical Test of a Mathematical Model.},
  author={Mark R. Patterson},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={1991},
  volume={180 1},
  pages={
          81-92
        }
}
Feeding rate in the octocoral, Alcyonium siderium, was investigated as a function of colony size, flow speed, and prey concentration. The feeding rate decreases with time in high prey concentrations. A model of passive suspension feeding is formulated that successfully predicts feeding behavior. At low prey concentrations, the model predicts a linear feeding response as particle flux or colony size increases. The dominant constraint on feeding is the "handling time" required to transfer prey… CONTINUE READING
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