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Contenu stomacal d’Astropectinidae en Méditerranée
Delongueville, C.; Scaillet, R. (2004). Contenu stomacal d’Astropectinidae en Méditerranée. Novapex (Jodoigne) Société 5(1): 3-19
In: Novapex (Jodoigne). Société Belge de Malacologie: Bruxelles. ISSN 1375-7474, more
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Keywords
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    Molluscs - Echinoderms - Asteroids - Mediterranean Sea

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  • Delongueville, C.
  • Scaillet, R.

Abstract
    Some paxilloid asteroids like Astropecten irregularis (Pennant, 1777) and Astropecten aranciacus (Linnaeus, 1758) live primarily on molluscs. The preys are swallowed and maintained in the stomach; soft tissues are digested before the starfish releases indigestible remains (shells) by the mouth. Inventory of stomach content of these Astropecten makes possible considerations concerning the biology of the animal and also concerning the mollusc’s fauna on which they prey. This paper relates the content of the stomach of two series of Astropecten irregularis, three series of Astropecten aranciacus and one specimen of Astropecten sp collected in the Mediterranean Sea between 2000 and 2003.

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