Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

What is the difference between deposit feeders and suspension feeders?

Summary Introduction

To review:

The difference between suspension and deposit feeders.


Animals are categorized into four groups on the basis of their overall feeding method as well as the physical state of the organic matter they consume. These groups are fluid feeders, deposit feeders, suspension feeders, and bulk feeders.


The feeding methods opted by different animals help them to adapt to the environment they live in. The differences between suspension and deposit feeders are listed below:

Suspension feeders Deposit feeders
Nutrients are obtained by these animals by ingesting small organisms (archaea, bacteria, algae, and single-celled protists), which are suspended in water. Nutrients are obtained by these animals by picking up or scraping the particles of organic matter from the solid material, on or in which they live.
Mussels, clams, several fishes, barnacles, some birds, and whales are suspension feeders...

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