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The effect of decreased ration on feeding hierarchies in groups of greenback flounder (Rhombosolea tapirina: teleostei)


Carter, CG and Purser, GJ and Houlihan, DF and Thomas, PM, The effect of decreased ration on feeding hierarchies in groups of greenback flounder (Rhombosolea tapirina: teleostei), Journal Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 76, (2) pp. 505-516. ISSN 0025-3154 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0025315400030708


The aims of the present study were to investigate food consumption, growth and the dynamics of feeding hierarchies in the same groups of juvenile greenback flounder (Rhombosolea tapirina: Teleostei) fed either high or low rations. Differential food consumption by individual greenback flounder held in groups of 20 showed the presence of feeding hierarchies in which individuals consumed between 0 and 22% of the available food. Inter- individual differences in food consumption resulted in different growth rates leading to growth depensation (measured as an increase in the coefficient of variation for weight). Intra-individual differences in food consumption tended to be larger for flounder which consumed a lower share of the available food. When the group ration was reduced the inter- individual and intra-individual variations in food consumption increased. Consequently, the relationship between inter-individual and intra-individual variation in food consumption tended to become stronger at lower food availability and indicated an increase in the strength of the feeding hierarchies. This study suggests that individual differences in food consumption, mediated through exploitation competition, contribute to growth depensation in this species of flatfish.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Zoology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Carter, CG (Professor Chris Carter)
UTAS Author:Purser, GJ (Associate Professor John Purser)
UTAS Author:Thomas, PM (Mr Philip Mark Thomas)
ID Code:8209
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19

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