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Atlantic brant--human commensalism on eelgrass beds in New Jersey

Wildfowl

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Abstract

Atlantic Brant Branta bernicla hrota in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, have established a commensal feeding relationship with man. Small flocks feed 3-5 m from clam fishermen on Zostera torn from the sea bottom by the fishing activities. Background material on the availability and digestibility of different brant foods is presented. This commensalism gives the Brant an efficient food gathering opportunity and permits them to exploit Zostera which might otherwise be unavailable to them.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Atlantic brant--human commensalism on eelgrass beds in New Jersey
Series title:
Wildfowl
Volume
31
Year Published:
1980
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
158-160
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Wildfowl
First page:
158
Last page:
160
Number of Pages:
3