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Fringing the southwest coast of Florida is a mangrove belt which supports large populations of birds, gamefishes, and invertebrate species of commercial importance. A study was conducted between 1967 and 1969 in the North River basin of this mangrove region to determine the energy basis
for this large population of animals and to delineate the routes by which energy is transferred through the food web. This is the first of three publications summarizing the results of this study. It consists of summaries of food habits for most of the fish and aquatic invertebrate species
which occur in the North River mangrove ecosystem. In addition to our data, which include in excess of 10,000 analyses of stomach contents, information from other publications has been summarized where pertinent. Finally, for most species there is an estimate of relative importance in the
North River system in terms of abundance.
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