Diet composition of the Thornback Ray, Raja clavata Linnaeus, 1758 (Elasmobranchii: Rajidae) in the Turkish Aegean Sea


ERONAT E. G. T. , ÖZAYDIN O.

ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, vol.61, no.1, pp.38-44, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09397140.2014.994312
  • Title of Journal : ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  • Page Numbers: pp.38-44

Abstract

The diet of Raja clavata (Thornback Ray) was studied in 2008-2009 in Sigacik Bay in the eastern Mediterranean, based on 187 stomach contents obtained by commercial trawl operations. 40 different prey species were found. Mysidacea, Parapenaeus longirostris and Plesionika sp. were the most abundant prey items. The results indicate that the main prey varies considerably depending on the ecological characteristics of the habitat.