A preliminary examination of the diet and feeding of sea sweep Scorpis aequipinnis (Pisces: Scorpididae) from coastal waters of south-western Victoria, Australia

Newman, Dane, Jones, Paul and Laurenson, Laurie 2005, A preliminary examination of the diet and feeding of sea sweep Scorpis aequipinnis (Pisces: Scorpididae) from coastal waters of south-western Victoria, Australia, Hydrobiologia, vol. 533, no. 1-3, pp. 175-186.

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Title A preliminary examination of the diet and feeding of sea sweep Scorpis aequipinnis (Pisces: Scorpididae) from coastal waters of south-western Victoria, Australia
Formatted title Preliminary examination of the diet and feeding of sea sweep Scorpis aequipinnis (Pisces: Scorpididae) from coastal waters of south-western Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Newman, Dane
Jones, Paul
Laurenson, Laurie
Journal name Hydrobiologia
Volume number 533
Issue number 1-3
Start page 175
End page 186
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-01
ISSN 0018-8158
1573-5117
Keyword(s) Scorpididae
omnivore
diet
feeding plasticity
Summary The diet and feeding of sea sweep (Scorpis aequipinnis) was investigated from 230 specimens collected from the south-western Victorian coastline between January and July, 2002. Stomach content analysis indicated that S. aequipinnis are browsing omnivores (55.6% algae, 25.4% animal, by dry weight), with rhodophytes found to be the most important component of their diet (93.5% frequency of occurrence; 42.6% dry weight; 45.5% prey-specific abundance). However, the relative proportions of the major dietary components differed significantly between size classes. The dietary composition of small individuals ( < 150 mm total length) was significantly different to larger individuals, primarily due to a higher degree of carnivory exhibited by the smaller fish. S. aequipinnis were found to be highly flexible feeders exploiting both benthic and pelagic food resources, characterised by irregular periods of selective carnivorous feeding.
Language eng
Field of Research 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003127

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