Feeding Habits of the Gray Tilefish, Caulolatilus Microps (Goode and Bean, 1878) from North Carolina and South Carolina Waters
Gray tilefish, Caulolatilus microps, were collected from 1972 to 1977 between depths of 70 to 236 m off North Carolina and South Carolina. Gray tilefish are demersal, opportunistic predators that consume fishes and macroinvertebrates closely associated with the substrate. The principal components of their diets, in decreasing order of importance, are: crabs, shrimp, fish, echinoderms (holothurians, echinoids, stelleroids), polychaetes, ascideans, molluses (gastropods and bivalves), stomatopods and sipunculids. As tilefish grow, they consume larger prey. Their generalized feeding is similar to other branchiostegids. This strategy is advantageous for predation on the faunal assemblages of the shelf-edge habitat where the species diversity is generally high, but the number of individuals/species is generally low.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 April 1982
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