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Echeneid-sirenian associations, with information on sharksucker diet

Journal of Fish Biology

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DOI: 10.1046/j.1095-8649.2003.00236.x

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Abstract

Association of the sharksucker Echeneis naucrates and whitefin sharksucker E. neucratoides with the West Indian manatee Trichechus manatus and the dugong Dugong dugon is presented and discussed. Alimentary tract-content analysis and field observations suggest that coprophagy (feeding on host faecal material) may be the primary food source for echeneids associated with sirenian hosts. ?? 2003 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Echeneid-sirenian associations, with information on sharksucker diet
Series title:
Journal of Fish Biology
DOI:
10.1046/j.1095-8649.2003.00236.x
Volume
63
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Fish Biology
First page:
1176
Last page:
1183
Number of Pages:
8