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MEPS 596:263-265 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12630

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Thermal and viscous effects on ciliary suspension-feeding bivalves — no need for a new explanation: Comment on Specht & Fuchs (2018)

Hans Ulrik Riisgård1,*, Poul S. Larsen2

1Marine Biological Research Centre, University of Southern Denmark, Hindsholmvej 11, 5300 Kerteminde, Denmark
2DTU Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Technical University of Denmark, Building 403, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
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ABSTRACT: In a recent paper, Specht & Fuchs (2018; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 589:129-140) claim that 2 ciliary suspension-feeding bivalves, the blue mussel Mytilus edulis and the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria, differ in how they respond to viscosity. For M. mercenaria, the authors found no change in filtration rate or beat frequency of water-pumping cilia in response to changes in viscosity at constant temperature. For M. edulis on the contrary, a previous study found these parameters to depend on manipulated viscosity at constant temperature in the same way as viscosity changes with temperature. To reconcile the opposing views, Specht & Fuchs suggested that the 2 bivalves may fundamentally differ in their responses to viscosity. But this suggestion is unwarranted. In addition to other shortcomings, we show for example that Specht & Fuchs likely misidentified compound laterofrontal cirri as lateral cilia, leading to erroneous conclusions. Furthermore, general fluid mechanical aspects were not considered by Specht & Fuchs, although many studies have shown that temperature-dependent viscosity of the ambient water controls or strongly affects bio-mechanical activity, such as beat frequency of water-pumping cilia in suspension-feeding bivalves, as well as water flows in general.


KEY WORDS: Viscosity · Temperature · Lateral cilia · Filtration rate · Mercenaria mercenaria · Mytilus edulis


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Cite this article as: Riisgård HU, Larsen PS (2018) Thermal and viscous effects on ciliary suspension-feeding bivalves — no need for a new explanation: Comment on Specht & Fuchs (2018). Mar Ecol Prog Ser 596:263-265. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12630

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