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Diet of the common wolffish Anarhichas lupus in the North Sea

  • Yih-Yia Liao (a1) and Martyn C. Lucas (a1)
    • Published online: 01 February 2000

The diet of common wolffish Anarhichas lupus from the North Sea is described, from a total of 143 wolffish stomachs, of which 112 contained food. The main prey were crustaceans and molluscs, together representing almost 70% of diet by relative frequency of occurrence in stomachs. Wolffish >55 cm preferred polychaetes and gastropods while wolffish <55 cm preferred sea urchins and brittle stars. The occurrence of empty stomachs was significantly less in spring than in summer or in autumn/winter. Meal size was lowest in winter and highest in spring. These data reflect a period of low food intake in winter during spawning and tooth replacement, followed by a recovery feeding episode in spring.

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Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • ISSN: 0025-3154
  • EISSN: 1469-7769
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-marine-biological-association-of-the-united-kingdom
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