Consumption of pelagic tunicates by cetaceans calves in the Mediterranean Sea

 
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2018 (EN)
Consumption of pelagic tunicates by cetaceans calves in the Mediterranean Sea (EN)

RAMOS-ESPLÁ, ALFONSO A.
RAGA, JUAN ANTONIO
BLANCO, CARMEN
RADUÁN, MARÍA ÁNGELES
AZNAR, FRANCISCO JAVIER
FRAIJA-FERNÁNDEZ, NATALIA

Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain (EN)
Generalitat Valenciana, Spain (EN)

Gelatinous zooplankton, including jellyfish, ctenophores and pelagic tunicates, constitutes fragile marine animals that live in the water column, and represent an important resource for marine food webs through their seasonal pulses. Although there is scarce evidence on the occurrence of gelatinous zooplankton in stomach contents of apex, endothermic predators such as cetaceans, the ecological significance of such observations requires consideration. In this study, we report on the occurrence of pelagic tunicates in the stomach of three individual calves of two cetacean species from the western Mediterranean, and collate all previous reports of gelatinous zooplankton in cetacean diets. We then briefly discuss the possible dietary significance of these observations. (EN)

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juvenile cetacean (EN)
Salpa. (EN)
Risso’s dolphin (EN)
suction feeding (EN)
common minke whale (EN)
Pelagic tunicates (EN)
stomach contents (EN)
Pyrosoma (EN)

Ελληνικό Κέντρο Θαλασσίων Ερευνών (ΕΛΚΕΘΕ) (EL)
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) (EN)

Mediterranean Marine Science

English

2018-07-24


Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (EN)

Mediterranean Sea (EN)
Stomach content (EN)

1791-6763
1108-393X
Mediterranean Marine Science; Vol 19, No 2 (2018); 383-387 (EL)
Mediterranean Marine Science; Vol 19, No 2 (2018); 383-387 (EN)

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