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MEDUSIVOROUS FISHES OF THE LIGURIAN SEA 2. THE SPECIALIST, SCHEDOPHILUS MEDUSOPHAGUS COCCO, 1839

@inproceedings{Garibaldi2010MEDUSIVOROUSFO,
  title={MEDUSIVOROUS FISHES OF THE LIGURIAN SEA 2. THE SPECIALIST, SCHEDOPHILUS MEDUSOPHAGUS COCCO, 1839},
  author={Fulvio Garibaldi and Lidia Orsi Relini and Giulio Relini},
  year={2010}
}
From 2004 onwards, several adult specimens of the cornish blackfish Schedophilus medusophagus were sampled in the Ligurian Sea: these fish represent first adult captures in the whole Mediterranean. The presence of the mauve stinger Pelagia noctiluca in the stomach contents of one specimen is described. The fish was eating a large number of entire jellyfish and showed in the caudal portion of the stomach a coloured concentrate of this food. 
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