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Different food preferences in four sympatric deep-sea Macrourid fishes
Stevens, D.W.; Dunn, M.R. (2011). Different food preferences in four sympatric deep-sea Macrourid fishes. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 158(1): 59-72.
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Stevens, D.W.
  • Dunn, M.R.

    Feeding habits of the four most abundant deep-sea demersal trawl-caught macrourids on Chatham Rise, New Zealand, were examined from stomach contents. Two species were predominantly benthic foragers: Coelorinchus bollonsi on infaunal and epifaunal polychaetes, and C. aspercephalus on epifaunal crustaceans; and two species were predominantly mesopelagic foragers; C. oliverianus on calanoid copepods, and Lepidorhynchus denticulatus on mesopelagic crustaceans. The most important predictors of diet variability were identified using distance-based linear models and included areal predictors in all four species, fish size in C. aspercephalus, C. bollonsi and L. denticulatus, and sample year in C. bollonsi. Cluster analyses showed that the diets of C. aspercephalus and C. bollonsi were most distinct. There was a greater interspecific similarity in diet in the spatial and fish size subgroups of C. oliverianus and L. denticulatus, than at the species level. Failing to account for areal, temporal, and ontogenetic variability in diets may bias evaluations of resource competition.

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