Stomach contents of cetaceans incidentally caught along Mangalore and Chennai coasts of India

Anoop, A K and Yousuf, K S S M and Kumaran, P L and Harish, N and Anoop, B and Afsal, V V and Rajagopalan, M and Vivekanandan, E and Krishnakumar, P K and Jayasankar, P (2008) Stomach contents of cetaceans incidentally caught along Mangalore and Chennai coasts of India. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 76 . pp. 909-913.

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Abstract The stomachs of 32 individuals of seven cetacean species incidentally caught in gill net and purseseine fisheries along Mangalore and Chennai coasts (India) between 2004 and 2006 were examined. The whole stomach (fore-gut, mid-gut and hind-gut) was examined in all cases. Prey remains (666 prey items comprising six species of teleosts, one crustacean and one squid species) were found in the stomachs of eight individuals (the remaining 24 stomachs were found to be empty). All cetaceans were found to feed mostly on teleosts with wide range of trophic levels. Based on an index that included frequency of occurrence, percentage by number and by weight, the oil sardine Sardinella longiceps was the main prey in the sample. Cetaceans appear to favour both pelagic as well as demersal prey, possibly indicating surface and benthic feeding habits.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http://www.elsevier.com/locate/ecss
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stomach contents; cetaceans; Mangalore; Chennai coasts; India
Subjects:Marine Mammals
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
ID Code:5759
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 15:29
Last Modified:14 Nov 2011 13:38

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