The Antarctic toothfish: how common a prey for Weddell seals?

Citation:
Ponganis, PJ, Stockard TK.  2007.  The Antarctic toothfish: how common a prey for Weddell seals? Antarctic Science. 19:441-442.

Date Published:

Dec

Keywords:

behavior, diet, food, ice, McMurdo Sound

Abstract:

The Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni Norman) has been considered an occasional large prey item of the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii Lesson) (Kooyman 1967, Calhaem & Christoffel 1969, Testa et al. 1985, Castellini et al. 1992, Davis et al. 1999, Fuiman et al. 2002). The seal's most common prey is the Antarctic silverfish (Pleuragramma antarcticum Boulenger) as well as benthic and sub-ice fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans (Dearborn 1965, Green & Burton 1987, Plotz 1987, Plotz et al. 1991, Castellini et al. 1992, Burns et al. 1998).

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DOI:

10.1017/s0954102007000715