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Diet of the european hake Merluccius merluccius (Pisces: Merlucciidae) in the Western Mediterranean (Gulf of Lions)
A. Bozzano, L. Recasens and P. Sartor

A total of 1526 hake stomach contents from specimens ranging between 8 and 65 cm in total length were studied in monthly samples taken in the Gulf of Lions in 1993. Key factors influencing the degree of stomach fullness were related to the size and season. The hake diet is comprised primarily of fish and crustaceans but there were size-related changes in the trophic spectrum. The youngest hake feed mainly on small crustaceans (such as euphausids and mysids) and small benthic fishes (such as gobids). As the hake grows, the importance of fish in the diet increases. The larger specimens ≥25 cm TL feed increasingly on the larger decapods and, almost exclusively on active natatory fishes, such as the sardine.

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