oa African Zoology - The effect of temperature on the filtration rate of Solen cylindraceus (Hanley) (Mollusca: Bivalvia)

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Filtration rates of the infaunal estuarine bivalve Solen cylindraceus were determined. The filtration rate of animals collected in summer (26�C) and winter (16,5�C), although significantly different, exhibit only slight variation in absolute rate. Solen cylindraceus acclimates to both high and low temperatures under laboratory conditions. Filtration rates show a thermal optimum in the range 15-35�C, declining at higher and lower temperatures.

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