|Title:||Feeding ecology of the blacktip sawtail catshark Galeus sauteri from northeastern Taiwan||Authors:||Ng, Shing-Lai
|Keywords:||PTEROTUM PISCES MYCTOPHIDAE;WHITESPOTTED BAMBOO SHARK;SHELF REGION;CHILOSCYLLIUM-PLAGIOSUM;ICHTHYOPLANKTON DENSITY;MELASTOMUS RAFINESQUE;SCYLIORHINUS-CANICULA;REPRODUCTIVE-BIOLOGY;DEMERSAL SHARKS;NORTHERN WATERS||Issue Date:||Sep-2022||Publisher:||SPRINGER JAPAN KK||Journal:||FISHERIES SCI||Abstract:||Small-bodied sharks are recognized as mesopredators on different communities in a large variety of habitats, thus linking the trophic levels in the marine ecosystem. Dietary analysis on these species can provide insight into the trophic relationships in food webs. Our study analyzed the diet composition of Galeus sauteri, an abundant small shark inhabiting neritic shelf waters at depths between 60 and 200 m. For this purpose, a stomach content analysis was realized in 678 specimens collected by bottom trawlers off northeastern Taiwan from September 2018 to August 2019. The two most commonly consumed preys were teleosts (prey-specific index of relative importance, %PSIRI = 51.94) and crustaceans (%PSIRI = 30.08).The results for the Levin's index (Ba = 0.06) and graphical analysis based on the Costello method revealed a high degree of specialization on lanternfishes and other teleosts. The mean trophic position was 4.29. Feeding habits differed significantly in relation to maturity condition and between seasons. Our result showed that G. sauteri is a primary piscivorous shark that preys mainly on lanternfishes and other teleosts, and feeds opportunistically on crustaceans and cephalopods.||URI:||http://scholars.ntou.edu.tw/handle/123456789/22217||ISSN:||0919-9268||DOI:||10.1007/s12562-022-01628-8|
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