Feeding habits of Beryx splendens and Beryx decadactylus (Berycidae) off the Canary Island

Dürr, Jeanette and Gonzalez, J. A. (2002) Feeding habits of Beryx splendens and Beryx decadactylus (Berycidae) off the Canary Island Fisheries Research, 54 . pp. 363-374. DOI 10.1016/S0165-7836(01)00269-7.

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The feeding habits of Beryx splendens and B. decadactylus were determined from stomach contents obtained on a monthly basis during commercial fishing off the Canary Islands in 1996–1997. Changes in diets were studied in relation to predator size and seasonal variation in the food composition. The diet of both species has much in common with regard to its main components of small fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods. More important differences were found in the fish prey of B. decadactylus. A variation in the diet of B. splendens was observed according to its length. Seasonal variations in feeding habits were associated with either variations in the abundance of prey or variations in the depth distribution of predator and prey.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Alfonsino; Beryx splendens; Beryx decadactylus; Feeding habits; Canary Islands; Eastern central Atlantic
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Institute for Marine Science Kiel
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/S0165-7836(01)00269-7
ISSN: 0165-7836
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:25
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 13:32
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/6691

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