Suspension feeders, such as the crinoid and corals shown here, rely on the movement of water for the delivery of food and oxygen. Water flow patterns play an important role in driving the distribution patterns of suspension feeding invertebrates.


Suspension feeders, such as the crinoid and corals shown here, rely on the movement of water for the delivery of food and oxygen. Water flow patterns play an important role in driving the distribution patterns of suspension feeding invertebrates.
Image courtesy of Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Habitats 2003 Expedition, NOAA-OER.

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