Predation by sprat and herring on pelagic fish eggs in a plaice spawning area in the Irish Sea

T Ellis, R D M Nash

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Abstract

Predation on planktonic fish eggs was examined by stomach content analysis of sprat and herring sampled in a plaice spawning area to the east of the Isle of Man in March 1993. Plankton samples were taken to examine prey selection. The clupeids showed a selection for the later developmental stages of plaice eggs. Plaice eggs had a refuge in size from predation by sprat 80 mm total length showed a strong selection for plaice eggs, presumably due to their large size. (C) 1997 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1195-1202
Number of pages8
JournalJ FISH BIOL
Volume50
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Keywords

  • NORTH-SEA
  • MARINE FISHES
  • RECRUITMENT
  • PLEURONECTES-PLATESSA
  • PREY
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • Fisheries
  • CLUPEA-HARENGUS
  • FOOD

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