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Diet of Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) in the western Mediterranean Sea
C. Blanco, M. A. Raduán, and J. A. Raga

The diet of Risso’s dolphin in the Mediterranean is described based on 15 animals stranded between 40°25’N 00°32’W and 37°35’N 00°45’E from April 1987 to January 2003. The prey were mainly oceanic cephalopods. Pelagic octopods, especially A. argo, were the most abundant (mean = 41.28%; SD±34.32). Species belonging to the families Ommastrephidae, Histioteuthidae and Onychoteuthidae were also frequent components of its diet. The bathymetric distribution of cephalopods shows that Risso’s dolphin preferentially feeds on the middle slope (600 to 800 m depth) in the Mediterranean.

Keywords: Grampus griseus, cetacean, cephalopods, diet, slope, Mediterranean.
Contents of this volume Sci. Mar. 70(3) : 407-411 Back PDF
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