Feeding habits of bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) from the Svalbard area, Norway

  title={Feeding habits of bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) from the Svalbard area, Norway},
  author={Ann Merete Hjelset and Mogens Andersen and Ian Gjertz and Christian Lydersen and Bj{\o}rn Gulliksen},
  journal={Polar Biology},
Abstract The objective of the present study was to assess the feeding habits of bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) from the Svalbard area, Norway. Stomach and/or intestine contents were collected from 47 individuals shot between May and September (1989–1996). Prey specimens were identified from whole specimens or hard items such as fish otoliths, crustacean exoskeletons, cephalopod beaks, polychaete jaws, gastropod operculae and mollusc shell remains. To show the dietary contribution of the… 
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