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In situ observations of predatory feeding behaviour of the galatheid squat lobster Munida sarsi using a remotely operated vehicle

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Benjamin Wigham


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During remotely operated vehicle operations on the UK continental shelf to the west of Shetland (60degrees6'N 4degrees4'W) at a depth of 400 in, Munida sarsi, a common benthic crustacean was observed actively preying on the northern krill Meganyctiphanes norvegica. Video footage shows the individual using its chelipeds to catch prey items as they swarm around its burrow. These initial observations indicate that predation forms a new feeding strategy for a species previously believed to be an active scavenger.

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Author(s): Wigham BD; Hudson IR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Year: 2003

Volume: 83

Issue: 3

Pages: 463-464

ISSN (print): 0025-3154

ISSN (electronic): 1469-7769

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0025315403007343h


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