Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1979

Series

Manuscript

Abstract

Filter-feeding marine animals such as molluscs, tunicates and barnacles filter particles as small as 1 micron from suspension during their feeding process and void them as fecal pellets. These settle at much faster rates than their component particles. Feces or pseudofeces which settle are termed biodeposits. Eighty-two to 93 percent by volume of the particles in the biodeposits of several species of molluscs are smaller than 4 microns; the range in size of those particles is about 1 to 10 microns (Haven and Morales-Alamo, 1973). (...)

Keywords

Oysters -- Effect of pesticides on, Chlordecone -- Bioaccumulation

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