Definition of suspension feeder in English:

suspension feeder


  • An aquatic animal which feeds on particles of organic matter suspended in the water, especially a bottom-dwelling filter feeder.

    • ‘Most tadpoles are suspension feeders, filtering out tiny particles while continuously pumping water.’
    • ‘The respiration rate of the gorgonian, a passive suspension feeder, did not correlate with temperature.’
    • ‘Like crinoids, blastoids were high-level stalked suspension feeders, filtering food particles out of the water column.’
    • ‘The members of Echinoidea are suspension feeders, herbivores, detritivores, and predators.’
    • ‘A suspension feeder wants a big surface area to catch potentially edible particles.’