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Atlantic hagfish exploit prey captured by other taxa

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Observations of Atlantic hagfish Myxine glutinosa exploiting prey captured, but not fully consumed, by the horse star Hippasteria phrygiana and Jonah crab Cancer borealis are described. Such interactions are defined as encounter competition. These represent the first reported observations of this type of interspecific interaction for Atlantic hagfish.

Keywords: competition; interspecific‐interaction; predation; remotely operated vehicle

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: National Undersea Research Center and Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut at Avery Point, Groton, CT 06340, U.S.A.

Publication date: February 1, 2006

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