What cephalopod remains from Xiphias gladius stomachs can imply about predator‐prey interactions in the Mediterranean Sea?

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Analysis of the cephalopod beaks found in the stomachs of 69 swordfish Xiphias gladius caught in the Aegean Sea resulted in the identification of nine cephalopod taxa. Cephalopod consumption was higher in summer and autumn, and larger swordfish were more likely to feed on cephalopods. Todarodes sagittatus was the most abundant species, a finding suggesting its abundance in the Mediterranean sea.

Keywords: Mediterranean sea; cephalopod beaks; feeding behaviour; swordfish

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-1112.2005.00742.x

Affiliations: 1: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Crete, P. O. Box 2214, 71003 Iraklion, Greece and 2: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, 16604 Helliniko, Greece

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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