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The feeding mechanisms of the ophiuroid Ophiocomina nigra

  • A. R. Fontaine (a1)
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The feeding mechanisms of Ophiocomina nigra have been re-examined. A new mechanism, the mucus-net method, is described for the first time. This is essentially a method of suspension feeding in which seston is trapped in a net of mucous threads between the arm spines. The entangled material is formed into boluses by simultaneous activities of ciliary currents and the tube-feet and is transported to the mouth by the tube-feet.

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