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Southern California Coastal Water Research. Southern California Coastal Water Research. Year: 2012.   cc-by-nc

Maldaninae are labile material feeders. They are facultatively mobile animals.

  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/labile_material_feeder
  • Definition: consumers specializing in labile organic matter, which is easily metabolized; usually low molecular weight compounds, eg: simple sugars or proteins. For instance, metabolic scaling puts intense selective pressure on small organisms to ingest foods rich in labile organic matter; the residence time in a very short gut is too brief for enzymatic hydrolysis, so they specialize in rapidly metabolizable compounds.
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