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Diet of Phycis blennoides (Gadidae) in relation to fish size and season in the western Mediterranean (Spain)
Morte, M.S.; Redón, M.J.; Sanz-Brau, A. (2002). Diet of Phycis blennoides (Gadidae) in relation to fish size and season in the western Mediterranean (Spain). Mar. Ecol. (Berl.) 23(2): 141-155
In: Marine Ecology (Berlin). Blackwell: Berlin. ISSN 0173-9565, more
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Keywords
    Diets; Food composition; Stomach content; Gadidae Rafinesque, 1810 [WoRMS]; Phycis blennoides (Brünnich, 1768) [WoRMS]; MED, Spain, Valencia, Valencia Gulf [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Morte, M.S.
  • Redón, M.J.
  • Sanz-Brau, A.

Abstract
    Despite its commercial value, little is known about the feeding ecology of the greater forkbeard, Phycis blennoides (Brünnich 1768). The stomach contents of 2631 greater forkbeard were taken at monthly intervals off the coast of the Gulf of Valencia (western Mediterranean). They were examined in order to assess the diet and to determine the fish size- and season-related dietary variation of the species. Prey items were identified to the lowest taxonomic level possible. The basic food consisted of epibenthic species, mostly Decapoda, Mysidacea and Teleostei. A change in food composition based on fish size was observed and seasonal variation in diet was also recorded. The food overlap analysis indicated a high convergence in diet among similar size groups.

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