Summertime diel variations in the diet composition and feeding periodicity of red pandora (Pagellus erythrinus) in Hisaronu Bay

Benli H., Kaya M., ÜNLÜOĞLU A., Katagan T., CİHANGİR B.

JOURNAL OF THE MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, vol.81, no.1, pp.185-186, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


In summer 1997, the stomach contents of 235 red pandora collected by bottom trawl from Hisaronu Bay in the southern Aegean coast of Turkey, were analysed. It was observed that red pandora is predominantly a diurnal feeder. More intensive feeding started in the afternoon, reaching its maximum value in the evening and continued until dusk. The minimum feeding intensity occurred during the night. The diet was found to consist primarily of polychaetes, especially Glyceridae, and crustaceans, mainly Natantia. No significant diel variation was observed in the diet composition of red pandora.