|Maximum daily ration and the pattern of food consumption in haddock, Melanogrammus aeglefinus (L.), and dab, Limanda limanda (L.)|In: Journal of Fish Biology. Fisheries Society of the British Isles: London,New York,. ISSN 0022-1112, more
Food consumption; Limanda limanda (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
Food intake was measured under conditions of continuous food availability for haddock, Melanogrammus aeglefinus (L.), and dab, Limanda limanda (L.). Haddock consumed approximately 75% of all food during the day, with a peak of feeding at dusk and an inferred peak at dawn; peaks of feeding were associated with larger meals. By contrast, dabs were mainly night-time feeders with daily consumption rates that were approximately 40% lower than those shown by haddock. Comparison of haddock maximum daily ration with published estimates of consumption in the wild indicate that wild haddock feed at between 15 and 22% of their maximum capacity. Using published data on gastric evacuation, the relationship between meal size and stomach residuum was investigated. There was no detectable relationship between these two variables.