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Evidence for feeding on seabirds by the Southern Ocean ommastrephid squid Todarodes filippovae


Jackson, GD and Pethybridge, HR and Virtue, P, Evidence for feeding on seabirds by the Southern Ocean ommastrephid squid Todarodes filippovae, American Malacological Bulletin, 38, (2) pp. 98-101. ISSN 0740-2783 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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American Malacological Bulletin

DOI: doi:10.4003/006.038.0204


A unique and rare event of consumption of a seabird (aviphagy) was recorded for a Southern Ocean squid in Australian waters. Petrel remains were identified in the stomach contents of a large (518 mm Mantle Length, 3.4 kg) female ommastrephid squid, Todarodes filippovae (Adam 1975) captured off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia. The remains were identified as to being from either a fairy prion Pachyptila turtur or white-faced storm petrel Pelagodroma marina. This unique observation expands the evidence for aviphagy recorded in other cephalopods to now include squid.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seabirds, Southern Ocean, ommastrephid squid, Todarodes filippova, aviphagy, predation, petrel, stomach contentse
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Virtue, P (Associate Professor Patti Virtue)
ID Code:142561
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-01-26
Last Modified:2021-09-22

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