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Estimates of daily food intake by an inshore population of Pleuronectes platessa L. off eastern Anglesey, North Wales
Basimi, R.A.; Grove, D.J. (1985). Estimates of daily food intake by an inshore population of Pleuronectes platessa L. off eastern Anglesey, North Wales. J. Fish Biol. 27(4): 505–520. hdl.handle.net/10.1111/j.1095-8649.1985.tb03198.x
In: Journal of Fish Biology. Fisheries Society of the British Isles: London,New York,. ISSN 0022-1112, more
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Keywords
    Pleuronectes platessa Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; ANE, British Isles, Wales, Anglesey [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Basimi, R.A.
  • Grove, D.J.

Abstract
    A sequence of trawl surveys showed that the diet of plaice off eastern Anglesey was dominated by Abra alba in spring and summer, and by Pectinaria koreni in early spring and autumn. Plaice ate little food in winter. Despite the relatively small stomach in this species, plaice were able to achieve high rates of daily food intake during bouts of heavy feeding by rapidly transferring newly-ingested prey items into the anterior intestine without full gastric digestion. Seasonal daily feeding rates (percentage body weight) varied between 5 and 10% for small fish (15–20 cm total length), 3 and 12% for medium fish (20–25 cm) and 2.8 and 4.4% for large fish (30–35 cm).

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