The role of cephalopods in the diet of swordfish (Xiphias gladius Linnaeus, 1758) in the Aegean Sea (eastern Mediterranean)
Abstract:In this study, stomach contents of 108 swordfish specimens, Xiphias gladius Linnaeus, 1758 were examined from the southern Aegean Sea. The taxonomic distribution of major prey categories in stomachs was 81.5% teleosts, 17.8% cephalopods, and 0.7% crustaceans. Teleosts (97%) were the most important prey regarding the frequency of occurrence values, followed by cephalopods (59.2%), and crustaceans (5.8%). In total, 1230 individuals (1001 teleosts, 220 cephalopods, nine crustaceans) belonging to 34 species (15 teleosts, 18 cephalopods, one crustacean) were identified.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2004
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