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Stable isotopes challenge the perception of ocean sunfish Mola mola as obligate jellyfish predators

Authors

  • J. Syväranta,

    1. Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
    2. EcoLab, UMR 5245, CNRS/Université de Toulouse, 118, route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 9, France
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  • C. Harrod,

    1. School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, MBC Building, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, Northern Ireland, U.K.
    2. Facultad de Recursos del Mar, Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas, Universidad Antofagasta, Chile
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  • L. Kubicek,

    1. Whale Observation Project, W.O.P. Centre, Aussermatt, 3532 Zäziwil, Switzerland
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  • V. Cappanera,

    1. Portofino Marine Protected Area, V. le Rainusso, 1-16038 S. Margherita Ligure (GE), Italy
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  • J. D. R. Houghton

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, MBC Building, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, Northern Ireland, U.K.
    2. Queen's University Marine Laboratory, 12-13 The Strand, Portaferry, Co. Down, BT22 1PF, Northern Ireland, U.K.
      Tel.: +44 28 90972297; email: j.houghton@qub.ac.uk
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Abstract

Evidence is provided from stable isotope analysis that aggregations of small ocean sunfish Mola mola (total length <1 m) feed broadly within coastal food webs and their classification as obligate predators of gelatinous zooplankton requires revision.

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