BIOTIC Species Information for Musculus discors
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|Researched by||Lizzie Tyler||Data supplied by||University of Sheffield|
|Refereed by||This information is not refereed.|
||Feeding method||Passive suspension feeder
Active suspension feeder
|Typical food types||Phytoplankton, bacteria, organic particulates and dissolved organic matter (DOM).||Habit||Attached|
|Bioturbator||Not relevant||Flexibility||None (< 10 degrees)|
|Height||Insufficient information||Growth Rate||See additional information|
|Adult dispersal potential||<10m||Dependency||Independent|
|General Biology Additional Information||
The nest may incorporate a variety of pieces of seaweeds or detritus or may be fouled by epifauna, the exact composition depending on the location and habitat, which provide camouflage. For example, the nest may incorporate; the stolons of hydroids, bryozoans, small bivalves and annelids (MacGinitie, 1955; Merrill & Turner, 1963); fragments of Flustra foliacea (Forbes & Hanley, 1853), or fragments or blades of fucoids and laminarians (Thorson, 1935).
MacGinitie (1955) noted that specimens from East Greenland >20mm were nearly always covered by a byssal nest. However, in British Columbia Merrill & Turner (1963) noted that the smallest specimens with nests were 8.1mm in length and most specimens over 15mm had nests, although some specimens up to 18mm in length were without a nest.
|Biology References||Fish & Fish, 1996, Baldock et al., 1998, Könnecker & Keegan, 1983, Ockelmann, 1958, Thorson, 1946, Merrill & Turner, 1963, Forbes & Hanley, 1853, Jeffreys, 1863, MacGinitie, 1955, Cartlidge & Hiscock, 1980, Lauckner, 1983,|