Multiple feeding strategies observed in the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa

Fiona Murray, Laurence Helene De Clippele, Alexandra Hiley, Laura Wicks, J. Murray Roberts, Sebastian Hennige

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Cold-water coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots of the deep sea. The most dominant reef-building cold-water coral in the Atlantic is Lophelia pertusa, which builds vast and structurally complex habitats. Studying the behaviours of deep-sea species is challenging due to the technological difficulties in making prolonged observations in situ, so little is known about the behavioural ecology of this important species. Observations in laboratory studies can help to enhance our understanding of the range of behaviours these species exhibit. Here we present video evidence that the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa is capable of producing mucus nets as part of their feeding strategy. This finding suggests that L. pertusa has a more diverse range of feeding strategies than previously thought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1283
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number6
Early online date31 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019


  • Feeding behaviour
  • feeding mechanism
  • Lophelia pertusa
  • trophic ecology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science


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