Habitat selection in whiting

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Abstract:

Given a choice of habitats in a laboratory experiment, whiting Merlangius merlangus preferentially spent most time over sand, then gravel and least time over a habitat with emergent structures. The introduction of a predator stimulus increased the preference for the sand habitat for large whiting, whereas small whiting had an increased preference for the habitat with emergent structures.

Keywords: habitat selection; ontogeny; whiting

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2004.00340.x

Affiliations: School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales-Bangor, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5AB, U.K.

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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