Articles | Volume 13, issue 20
Research article
21 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 21 Oct 2016

Food selectivity and processing by the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa

Dick van Oevelen, Christina E. Mueller, Tomas Lundälv, and Jack J. Middelburg


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (28 Sep 2016) by Clare Woulds
AR by D. van Oevelen on behalf of the Authors (29 Sep 2016)  Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (05 Oct 2016) by Clare Woulds
AR by D. van Oevelen on behalf of the Authors (10 Oct 2016)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Cold-water corals form true hotspots of biodiversity in the cold and dark deep sea, but need to live off of only small amounts of food that reach the deep sea. Using chemical tracers, this study investigated whether cold-water corals are picky eaters. We found that under low food conditions, they do not differentiate between food sources but they do differentiate at high food concentrations. This adaptation suggests that they are well adapted to exploit short food pulses efficiently.
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