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Feeding Habits of Juvenile Lane Snapper Lutjanus synagris from Mississippi Coastal Waters, with Comments on the Diet of Gray Snapper Lutjanus griseus

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Stomach contents analysis was used to quantitatively describe the diets of juvenile lane snapper, Lutjanus synagris, and juvenile gray snapper, Lutjanus griseus, from the northern Gulf of Mexico. Juvenile snapper were collected by trawling at two estuarine, deep channel sites in Mississippi coastal waters from September 1996 to January 1997. Lane snapper (n = 53) and gray snapper (n = 12) both consumed a variety of prey organisms, but primary prey were amphipods, decapods (shrimp and crabs), and fishes. The most important prey items for lane snapper based on percent Index of Relative Importance (%IRI) were shrimp remains (44%IRI), the shrimp Latreutes parvulus (23%IRI) and fish remains (13%IRI). Fishes of the genus Anchoa (43%IRI), shrimp remains (21%IRI) and the amphipod Corophium sp. (13%IRI) dominated the gray snapper diet. Intraspecific comparisons of lane snapper diet revealed significant overlap between collection sites, seasons and fish sizes.

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