Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Short Communication

Feeding of Centroscyllium fabricii and the influence of discards on its diet in Flemish Pass (north-west Atlantic)

Antonio  Punzón a1 and Miguel Angel  Herrera a2
a1 Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Santander, Apdo. 240, 39080 Santander, Spain
a2 Hunt Delter, PO Box 14 Victoria-Mahe, Seychelles


One hundred and fifty-one Centroscyllium fabricii stomachs containing food were analysed on board freezer vessels in north-west Atlantic in 1992. Three length groups were established to study variations in diet with length. The most important prey group was waste products from fish processing by the fleet and fish. Diet varied with length, smaller specimens feeding on crustaceans and molluscs, offal and fish forming the main prey in larger predators.

(Received October 29 1999)
(Accepted May 11 2000)