The distribution and diet of the dominant, slope-dwelling eel, Synaphobranchus kaupi, of the Rockall Trough

John D M Gordon, J Mauchline

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Abstract

The deep-sea eel, Synaphobranchus kaupi (Pisces: Synaphobranchidae), is a dominant species on the continental slopes of the North Atlantic. In earlier studies of the Rockall Trough, north-eastern Atlantic, its abundance was underestimated because the types of bottom trawl used only caught the largest specimens, which occur at the greatest depth. The use of a semi-balloon trawl (OTSB) fished on a single warp has revealed that it is the most abundant species on the slopes of the Rockall Trough. This paper describes some aspects of the biology, especially feeding, of this important species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-503
Number of pages11
JournalJ MAR BIOL ASSOC UK
Volume76
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Keywords

  • DIFFERENT TRAWLS
  • CONTINENTAL-SLOPE
  • DEMERSAL FISHES
  • NORTHEASTERN ATLANTIC-OCEAN
  • BENTHOPELAGIC FISH
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • DEEP
  • NORTH-ATLANTIC
  • FOOD

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