Title

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Thunnus thynnus Feeding Ecology In the Northern Gulf of Mexico: A Preliminary Description of Diet From the Western Atlantic Spawning Grounds

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Department

Biological Sciences

School

Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Abstract

A combination of stomach contents, nitrogen stable-isotope and tissue C:N values are presented to demonstrate feeding activity of Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus on the Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) spawning grounds. Diets include teleosts, cephalopods, crustaceans and a pelagic tunicate (Pyrosoma atlanticum). Results reveal the need to classify the GOMEX as a T. thynnus feeding ground.

Publication Title

Journal of Fish Biology

Volume

86

Issue

1

First Page

365

Last Page

374

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