Cephalopods in the diet of the striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba from the western Mediterranean during an epizootic in 1990
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 237, Issue 1, pages 151–158, September 1995
How to Cite
Blanco, C., Aznar, J. and Raga, J.A. (1995), Cephalopods in the diet of the striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba from the western Mediterranean during an epizootic in 1990. Journal of Zoology, 237: 151–158. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1995.tb02753.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2009
- Accepted 15 July 1994
Fifteen cephalopod species from 28 stomach contents of striped dolphins, Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833), stranded during an epizootic on the western Mediterranean coast in summer 1990, were analysed.
Albraliopsis pfefferi, Onychoteuthis banksii, Todarodes sagittatus and Brachioteuthis riisei are species showing higher relative importance indices. Composition and characteristics of cephalopod preys were discussed and compared to the scarce literature for this cetacean. The data showed a mixed diet of muscular and gelatinous body squids, mainly consisting of oceanic and pelagic or bathypelagic species.