Journal article

SPATIAL VARIATION IN FEEDING, PREY DISTRIBUTION AND FOOD LIMITATION OF JUVENILE FLOUNDER RHOMBOSOLEA-TAPIRINA GUNTHER

M SHAW, GP JENKINS

JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1992

Abstract

The feeding and prey distribution of juvenile greenback flounder Rhombosolea tapirina Günther was compared between Swan Bay, a sheltered bay with muddy sediments and a well-developed seagrass-detrital system, and an adjacent area of Port Phillip Bay, a more exposed area with coarser sandy sediments. Meiofauna was dominated by benthic harpacticoid copepods in both bays. Harpacticoids in Port Phillip Bay, however, were mainly interstitial while epibenthic species were dominant in Swan Bay. The diet of juvenile flounder in Swan Bay was almost entirely composed of epibenthic harpacticoids. Juvenile flounder in Port Phillip Bay ate epibenthic harpacticoids, harpacticoid nauplii and gammaridean am..

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