Particle selectivity based on pre-ingested phytoplankton composition in Charru Mussel Mytella strigata (Hanley, 1843)


  • Mediodia Dominique P. Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Western Visayas, Philippines 5023
  • Sheila Mae Santander-de Leon Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Western Visayas, Philippines 5023
  • Carlos C. Baylon Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Western Visayas, Philippines 5023
  • Nathaniel C. Añasco Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Western Visayas, Philippines 5023



Non-native species, Food preference, Plankton, Philippines


Identification of phytoplankton trapped in the gills suggests initial selectivity and food preference in marine bivalve molluscs. In this study, pre-ingested phytoplankton in the gills of Mytella strigata were determined and compared to the existing phytoplankton in the waters of three sites in the Philippines (Pangasinan, Cavite, and Bataan). Pre-ingested phytoplankton of M. strigata varied with size (p<0.05) and site (p<0.05). Coscinodiscus spp. and Skeletonema spp. were most abundant across sizes (<20mm, 20–40mm, and >40mm) and sites. Particle selection observed in the gills suggests food preference for centric diatoms such as Coscinodiscus spp., Skeletonema spp., and Navicula spp. The pre-ingestion of these diatoms ranged from 26% to 46% of the total phytoplankton composition in the waters of different sites. The results highlight particle selection during filtration and indicate a potential food preference of M. strigata.


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Dominique P., M. ., Santander-de Leon, S. M., Baylon , C. C., & Añasco, N. C. . (2024). Particle selectivity based on pre-ingested phytoplankton composition in Charru Mussel Mytella strigata (Hanley, 1843). Sustainable Aquatic Research, 3(1), 5–15.



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