Ontogenetic diet shifts in snapper (Pagrus auratus: Sparidae) within a New Zealand estuary

@inproceedings{Usmar2012OntogeneticDS,
  title={Ontogenetic diet shifts in snapper (Pagrus auratus: Sparidae) within a New Zealand estuary},
  author={Nr Usmar},
  year={2012}
}
The diet of the sparid fish Pagrus auratus (snapper) was examined within the Mahurangi Harbour in north-eastern New Zealand. Ontogenetic shifts occurred in diet. Individuals 100 mm consumed brachyuran crabs, caridean shrimps, bivalves, polychaetes and hermit crabs, with individuals >300 mm also able to consume harder shelled molluscs and bivalves. The stomach contents of juvenile snapper (10–100 mm) sampled across habitats of sand, shell hash, horse mussels and subtidal mud showed differences… CONTINUE READING

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