Feeding of larval sardine Sardina pilchardus (Walbaum) off the north coast of Spain

Conway, DVP; Coombs, SH; Fernández de Puelles, ML; Tranter, PRG. 1994 Feeding of larval sardine Sardina pilchardus (Walbaum) off the north coast of Spain. Boletín del Instituto Español de Oceanografía, 10. 165-175.

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Abstract/Summary

In April and May 1991 and between March and June 1992 data regarding the diet of larval S. pilchardus in relation to food availability was gathered. Interpretation of results is compromised by the tendency of sardine larvae to defecate their gut contents during sampling. The most common food organisms in the guts (78-89%) were the developmental stages of copepods (eggs, nauplii and copepodites). Percentage composition of copepod nauplii in the diet decreased with increasing larval size, while copepodites increased. There was no consistent relationship between food availability and feeding success, probably because feeding conditions were generally adequate.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Ecology and Environment
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Movement ecology, behaviour and population structure
Depositing User: Dr David Conway
Date made live: 17 Aug 2016 09:20
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:15
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/6820

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