Artículos de revistas
Enhancing fish diet analysis: equations to reconstruct Themisto gaudichaudii and Euphausia lucens length from partially digested remains
Temperoni, Brenda; Viñas, Maria Delia; Hernández, Daniel; Enhancing fish diet analysis: equations to reconstruct Themisto gaudichaudii and Euphausia lucens length from partially digested remains; Taylor & Francis As; Marine Biology Research; 9; 3; 3-2013; 306-311
Viñas, Maria Delia
Themisto gaudichaudii and Euphausia lucens are important prey of several fish and squid species of commercial value in the southwest Atlantic Ocean. Although allometric relationships linking size and weight can be used to estimate prey biomass, size is often difficult to obtain as they are usually partly digested. The objective of our work was to provide length length relationships to estimate body size of both crustaceans from their remains in fish stomachs, as a first step to estimate their weight. Measurements were performed on intact specimens collected in the field. Each of the body dimensions analysed (eye height and width for T. gaudichaudii, and carapace length and eye diameter for E. lucens) was significantly related to total length in both species. Thus, they appear to be highly reliable predictors of original size and can potentially aid in the identification of crustacean remains, allowing a more accurate analysis of digested contents.