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. 2017 Jun;90(6):2480-2487.
doi: 10.1111/jfb.13315. Epub 2017 May 3.

Squid Predation by Slender Sunfish Ranzania Laevis (Molidae)

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Squid Predation by Slender Sunfish Ranzania Laevis (Molidae)

M Nyegaard et al. J Fish Biol. .

Abstract

In addition to crustaceans, remains from 17 individual squid were found in the stomach of a 58 cm slender sunfish Ranzania laevis from Australia, adding a new prey item to their little studied diet. Taken together with existing data from the literature, crustaceans appear to be a common prey item, with larger R. laevis (26-65 cm) also taking small fish and squid. Along with new documentation on breaching, the unexpected finding of squid in the stomach confirms that these fish are fast and agile predators.

Keywords: Octopoteuthis; Ommastrephidae; beak; breaching; crustacean; diet.

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