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Volume 13, issue 20
Biogeosciences, 13, 5789–5798, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5789-2016
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Biogeosciences, 13, 5789–5798, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5789-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 21 Oct 2016

Research article | 21 Oct 2016

Food selectivity and processing by the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa

Dick van Oevelen et al.
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Cold-water corals form true hotspots of biodiversity in the cold and dark deep sea, but need to live off of only small amounts of food that reach the deep sea. Using chemical tracers, this study investigated whether cold-water corals are picky eaters. We found that under low food conditions, they do not differentiate between food sources but they do differentiate at high food concentrations. This adaptation suggests that they are well adapted to exploit short food pulses efficiently.
Cold-water corals form true hotspots of biodiversity in the cold and dark deep sea, but need to...
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