Feeding strategy and trophic ontogeny in Scorpaena maderensis (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) from the Azores, NE Atlantic

Machado L.F., Nunes D., Ávila M., Vieira R.P., Barreiros J.P.

Published date: September 2014
Volume: 38
Number: 3
Pagination: 163–171
Publisher: Société Française d'Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2014-383-001
Abstract

Feeding habits of Scorpaena maderensis Valenciennes, 1833 from the Azores archipelago were investigated. The stomach contents of 245 specimens, collected between August 1997 and July 1999, were analysed. Decapod crustaceans and teleost fishes constitute the main food items, revealing a high level of specialization by S. maderensis. Ontogenic shifts and seasonal changes in the diet composition were observed, unveiling the adaptability and opportunistic predatory behaviour of this scorpaenid.

Keywords: ANE - Azores - Feeding behaviour - Scorpaena maderensis - Scorpaenidae - Trophic chains
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