Feeding behaviour of the green mussel, Perna viridis (Linn.) in laboratory

Albert, Rajaretnam A and Paul Pandian, A L and Purushothaman, A (1988) Feeding behaviour of the green mussel, Perna viridis (Linn.) in laboratory. CMFRI Bulletin, 42 (1). pp. 154-160.


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The rate of filtration and feeding on six species of diatoms by the green mussel Perna viridis Linn In the laboratory has been studied. The number of cells removed per hour depended upon the size and suspension density of the diatom cultures- Generally the mussel was found to eliminate more than 50% of the filtered cells as pseudofaeces. The rate of ingestion was enchanced when the suspension density and cell size were less. Eventhough large quantities of pseudofaeces were produced when suspension density was increased, the actual ingestion of food was not affected by call concentration. The maximum filtration rate [341.43] ml hour -'gm —1 was noted in Thalassiosira fluviaiillis suspension. The relation between the rate of filtration and call size and density of the suspension was studied and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feeding behaviour; green mussel; Perna viridis
Subjects: Molluscan Fisheries
Molluscan Fisheries > Mussel culture
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
Subject Areas > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 07:22
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:18
URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/2564

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