MEPS 211:275-291 (2001)  -  doi:10.3354/meps211275

On measurement of filtration rates in bivalves — the stony road to reliable data: review and interpretation

Hans Ulrik Riisgård*

Research Centre for Aquatic Biology (Odense University), Hindsholmvej 11, 5300 Kerteminde, Denmark

ABSTRACT: This review deals with the measurement of filtration rates in suspension feeding bivalves. Currently used methods are described, and some reliable filtration rate data obtained under optimal laboratory conditions are presented. The different methods have often caused troubles, and a number of problems and shortcomings are brought to light. The conflicting data on filtration rates seem partly to be due to the incorrect use of methods, and partly to be caused by differences in experimental conditions.


KEY WORDS: Suspension feeding · Filtration rates · Methods · Problems and shortcomings


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