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suspension feeder Line breaks: sus¦pen|sion feed¦er

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Definition of suspension feeder in English:


An aquatic animal which feeds on particles of organic matter suspended in the water, especially a bottom-dwelling filter feeder.
Example sentences
  • A suspension feeder wants a big surface area to catch potentially edible particles.
  • The respiration rate of the gorgonian, a passive suspension feeder, did not correlate with temperature.
  • The members of Echinoidea are suspension feeders, herbivores, detritivores, and predators.
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