Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Research Article

In situ observations of predatory feeding behaviour of the galatheid squat lobster Munida sarsi using a remotely operated vehicle

Ian R.  Hudson a1 and Benjamin D.  Wigham a1
a1 Southampton Oceanography Centre, DEEPSEAS Benthic Biology Group, University of Southampton, Empress Dock, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK


During remotely operated vehicle operations on the UK continental shelf to the west of Shetland (60°6′N 4°4′W) at a depth of 400 m, Munida sarsi, a common benthic crustacean was observed actively preying on the northern krill Meganyctiphanes norvegica. Video footage shows the individual using its chelipeds to catch prey items as they swarm around its burrow. These initial observations indicate that predation forms a new feeding strategy for a species previously believed to be an active scavenger.

(Received November 4 2002)
(Accepted March 11 2003)