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Feeding habits of the gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) from the Ria Formosa (southern Portugal) as compared to the black seabream (Spondyliosoma cantharus) and the annular seabream (Diplodus annularis)
Pita, C.; Gamito, S.; Erzini, K. (2002). Feeding habits of the gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) from the Ria Formosa (southern Portugal) as compared to the black seabream (Spondyliosoma cantharus) and the annular seabream (Diplodus annularis). J. Appl. Ichthyol. 18(2): 81-86
In: Journal of Applied Ichthyology = Zeitschrift für angewandte Ichthyologie. Blackwell: Berlin. ISSN 0175-8659, more
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Keywords
    Diets; Feeding behaviour; Food organisms; Diplodus annularis (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Sparus aurata Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Sparus aurata Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Spondyliosoma cantharus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; ANE, Portugal, Ria de Formosa [Marine Regions]; Marine; Brackish water; Fresh water

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  • Pita, C.
  • Gamito, S.
  • Erzini, K.

Abstract
    The feeding habits of Sparus aurata L., Diplodus annularis L. and Spondyliosoma cantharus L. in the Ria Formosa (southern Portugal) lagoon system were studied using three simple methods (frequency of occurrence, numeric percentage and percentage weight) and a composite index [index of relative importance (IRI)]. The Ivlev index was used to evaluate diet selectivity, while the Schoener overlap index was used to compare diets, and diet diversity was characterized by the Simpson index. The diets of the three species consist of a wide variety of food organisms, nevertheless S. aurata seems to be the most specialized. No significant dietary overlap was found, with S. aurata preferentially selecting gastropods and bivalves, while S. cantharus preferentially selected a wide variety of crustaceans and D. sargus a wider array, including crustaceans, gastropods and bivalves.

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