Feeding habits of the Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (L. 1758), in the central Mediterranean Sea (Strait of Messina)

@article{Battaglia2012FeedingHO,
  title={Feeding habits of the Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (L. 1758), in the central Mediterranean Sea (Strait of Messina)},
  author={P. Battaglia and F. Andaloro and P. Consoli and V. Esposito and Danilo Malara and S. Musolino and Cristina Ped{\`a} and T. Romeo},
  journal={Helgoland Marine Research},
  year={2012},
  volume={67},
  pages={97-107}
}
The study of feeding habits of the Atlantic bluefin tuna was carried out in 123 specimens, ranging from 115 to 222 cm fork length (FL) and collected during spring seasons of 2010 and 2011 in the central Mediterranean Sea (Strait of Messina). The analysis of stomach contents allowed us to identify 91 taxa of prey items, mainly belonging to Teleostea (54), Cephalopoda (20) and Crustacea (13). The percentage of index of relative abundance (IRI) shows the highest values for the myctophid Hygophum… Expand

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