Natural diet of the deep water crab Charybdis smithii McLeay (Brachyura : Portunidae) of the seas around India

Balasubramanian, C P and Suseelan, C (1998) Natural diet of the deep water crab Charybdis smithii McLeay (Brachyura : Portunidae) of the seas around India. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 45 (4). pp. 407-412.

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    Abstract

    Natural diet of potentially commercial deep-water crab Charybdis smithii comprised a wide variety of invertebrates and myctophid fishes. Pelagic juveniles and subadults of this crab were found to feed actively than benthic adults. The diet of juveniles were mainly composed of pelagic shrimps (20 % by volume) and crabs (17 %). The stomach contents of subadult crabs were dominated by teleost fishes and decapod crustaceans (64 %) whereas in adults, crabs were the major food (42 %). Pronounced cannibalistic tendency was observed in this species especially among juveniles.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Marine crab; Charybdis smithii
    Subjects: Crustacean Fisheries > Crabs
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
    Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
    Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 08:45
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:05
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/193

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