Contribution to the feeding ecology of the banded puffer fish Colomesus psittacus (Tetraodontidae) in north Brazilian mangrove creeks.

@article{Krumme2007ContributionTT,
  title={Contribution to the feeding ecology of the banded puffer fish Colomesus psittacus (Tetraodontidae) in north Brazilian mangrove creeks.},
  author={Uwe Krumme and H Keuthen and Ulrich Saint-Paul and Wolfgang Villwock},
  journal={Brazilian journal of biology = Revista brasleira de biologia},
  year={2007},
  volume={67 3},
  pages={383-92}
}
Stomach contents were examined from 102 banded puffer, Colomesus psittacus (Tetraodontidae), caught from intertidal mangrove creeks at diurnal neap tides between June and September, 1997 (early dry season) near Bragança (north Brazil). The study found that C. psittacus were specialized predators of Cirripedia (Balanus spp.) and Brachyuran crabs (Uca spp., Pachygrapsus gracilis) (mean: 58 and 38% by dry weight, respectively), emphasizing a short food chain in the mangrove system. Cirripedia and… CONTINUE READING
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