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Protobonellia nikitini is a species of segmented worms in the family Bonelliidae. It is a downward conveyor. It is a surface deposit feeder. Protobonellia nikitini is a facultatively mobile animal.

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  • Definition: Downward conveyors exhibit a feeding strategy opposite to that of upward conveyors. Vertically oriented head-up feeders actively select and ingest particles at the surface and egest these non-locally as faeces in deeper sediment strata
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  • URI: http://eol.org/schema/terms/surfaceDepositFeeder
  • Definition: An organism which obtains food primarily by surface deposit feeding. Reid WDK, Wigham BD, McGill RAR, Polunin NVC (2012) Elucidating trophic pathways in benthic deep-sea assemblages of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge north and south of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 463:89-103. doi:10.3354/meps09863
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of <i>Protobonellia nikitini</i> Murina 1976