Marine Ecology Progress Series
An inexpensive, reliable thermistor device capable of monitoring infaunal foraging activity was built and used in the laboratory to examine effects of temperature on sediment reworking by the maldanld polychaete Clymenella torquata. The worm defecated at least once per hour 55.0 % (12.0 "C) to 88.2 % (5.5 "C) of the time. Defecation rate was linearly and positively related to temperature. Estimated volume of sediment ejected per defecation (0.015 ml) did not change with temperature. Results are compared with previous reworking studies of C. torquata.
Original Publication Citation
Dobbs, F.C. (1983). Monitoring defecation activity of infaunal deposit feeders. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 12(1), 47-50. doi: 10.3354/meps012047
Dobbs, Fred C., "Monitoring Defecation Activity of Infaunal Deposit Feeders" (1983). OES Faculty Publications. 28.