Prey capture and digestion in the carnivorous sponge Asbestopluma hypogea (Porifera: Demospongiae)

  title={Prey capture and digestion in the carnivorous sponge Asbestopluma hypogea
(Porifera: Demospongiae)},
  author={Jean Vacelet and Eric Duport},
AbstractAsbestopluma hypogea (Porifera) is a carnivorous species that belongs to the deep-sea taxon Cladorhizidae but lives in littoral caves and can be raised easily in an aquarium. It passively captures its prey by means of filaments covered with hook-like spicules. Various invertebrate species provided with setae or thin appendages are able to be captured, although minute crustaceans up to 8 mm long are the most suitable prey. Transmission electron microscopy observations have been made… 

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