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Feeding patterns in eastern tropical Pacific blennioid fishes (Teleostei: Tripterygiidae, Labrisomidae, Chaenopsidae, Blenniidae)

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  • Benthic marine reef fishes
  • Blennioid fishes
  • Eastern Pacific
  • Feeding patterns
  • Gulf of California
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  • Kurt Kotrschal 1
  • Don A. Thomson 2
  • 1) Zoologisches Institut der Universität Salzburg, A-5020, Austria
  • 2) Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona, 85721, Tucson, AZ, USA

In terms of species number (47) and numerical abundance, blennioids are the most important primary resident rocky reef fishes in the Gulf of California, Mexico. We present the feeding patterns of the 34 most abundant species of blennioid fishes, 8 of which are Gulf endemics. A total of 2,144 specimens were sampled at 51 anaesthetic stations in 9 areas throughout the Gulf. Four feeding guilds were distinguished: 1) The majority (29 of 34 species) are microcarnivores exhibiting a number of different feeding strategies (ambush and stalking predators, active foragers, pickers, etc.). The more important prey categories were mobile invertebrates, and to some extent also sedentary fauna. Algae were of no importance for most of the latter species. 2) Hypsoblennius brevipinnis and H. gentilis are two omnivorous species, browsing mainly on sessile items including 52% and 13% (Vol.) algae in their diets. 3) Entomacrodus chiostictus and Ophioblennius steindachneri are herbivores, grazing on fine algae. 4) Plagiotremus azaleus specializes in cropping mucus and scales from the body surface of other fishes. Crustaceans account for 58.6% of the total volume of prey items in the 34 species investigated. Benthic amphipods were most important and made up 26% of the total volume of all prey items. Cluster analysis of percentage volumetric data using Squared Euclidian Distance and Horn's Index of Overlap produced distinct subgroups which coarsely reflected taxonomic grouping. The species are separated either by their geographic ranges, habitat and microhabitat preferences, feeding, or a combination thereof. Only rarely do sympatric species significantly overlap in diet. Trophic diversity as measured by the Shannon-index provides a tool for distinguishing: 1) specialists (6 species) from 2) low diversity feeders (18 species) and 3) high diversity generalists (10 species). Two different types of specialists can be distinguished: those which feed on the same items as the generalists but utilize only a very restricted prey spectrum (Stathmonotus sinuscalifornici and the chaenopsids Chaenopsis alepidota and Emblemaria hypacanthus). A second group of specialists (Entomacrodus chiostictus and Ophioblennius steindachneri as well as Plagiotremus azaleus) feed on items not utilized by any of the generalists. There is some evidence that high diversity generalists are numerically more abundant than the other trophic groups. In the labrisomids and blenniids a phylogenetic trend from microcarnivory towards feeding on sessile items appears to be expressed.

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