THE FOOD OF THE SEA SCORPION ACANTHOCOTTUS BUBALIS (TELEOSTEI-SCLEROPAREI) IN MANX WATERS

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In order to study the diet of Acanthocottus bubalis 286 specimens were collected both intertidally and sublittorally in the south of the Isle of Man during the period May 1959 to December 1960. The stomach contents were examined and the relative importance of the various food item present assessed by the points method. The diet varies considerably with the seaaon and habitat and also with the size of fish, but the general conclusion is that Acanthocottus bubalis is a predatory carnivore taking a wide variety of species. the most important foods being small crustaceans and small fish.

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