Food habits of the sandpaper skate, Bathyraja kincaidii (Garman, 1908) off central California

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Rinewalt, C. S., Ebert, D. A., & Cailliet, G. M. (2007). Food habits of the sandpaper skate, Bathyraja kincaidii (Garman, 1908) off central California: Seasonal variation in diet linked to oceanographic conditions. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 80(2), 147-163. doi:10.1007/s10641-007-9218-5
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TitleFood habits of the sandpaper skate, Bathyraja kincaidii (Garman, 1908) off central California
AuthorsS. Rinewalt, A. Ebert, M. Cailliet
AbstractThe stomachs of 130 sandpaper skates, Bathyraja kincaidii (Garman, 1908), were sampled from off central California to determine their diet composition. The overall diet was dominated by euphausiids, but shrimps, polychaetes and squids were also important secondary prey. A three-factor MANOVA demonstrated significant differences in the diet by sex, maturity status and oceanographic season using numeric and gravimetric measures of importance for the major prey categories. These three main factors explained more variation in diet than interactions between the factors, and season explained the most variance overall. A detailed analysis of the seasonal variation among the prey categories indicated that abundance changes in the most important prey, euphausiids, were coupled with seasonal changes in the importance of other prey. When upwelling occurred and productivity was great (Upwelling and Oceanic seasons), euphausiids were likely highly abundant in the study area and were the most important prey for B. kincaidii. As productivity declined (Davidson Current season), euphausiids appeared to decrease in abundance and B. kincaidii switched to secondary prey. At that time, gammarid amphipods and shrimps became the most important prey items and polychaetes, mysids and euphausiids were secondary. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
JournalEnvironmental Biology of Fishes
Date2007
Start page147
End page163
ISSN03781909
Subjectsamphipod, diet, feeding, fish, oceanography, seasonal variation, variance analysis, California, North America, United States, Bathyraja, Bathyraja interrupta, Cephalopoda, Decapoda (Crustacea), Euphausiidae, Gammaridea, Mysida, Polychaeta
NoteCited By (since 1996):15, CODEN: EBFID

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