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Pelagic colonial salp / Nick Hobgood / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

Salps capture tiny algae for food by filtering seawater through a net of mucus.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Also called thaliaceans, salps are small free-swimming marine creatures with gelatinous, semitransparent bodies that move around by means of jet propulsion, drawing in water through an aperture at one end of the body, and then forcing it out through another aperture at the opposite end. The water drawn in is also used for feeding, because while inside the body it is strained through a baglike net of mucus, which traps any tiny algae present. The salp feeds on the algae." (Shuker 2001:161)
About the inspiring organism
Salpidae
Salpidae

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Filters for wastewater treatment, ballast water, swimming pools.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Water supply, water treatment, commercial shipping

References
Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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