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First record of cannibalism in the giant mottled eel Anguilla marmorata (Actinopterygii: Anguilliformes) as revealed by DNA barcoding

Zan, Nur Dhabitah; Taha, Hussein; Arai, Takaomi.
Zoologia (Curitiba); 38: e21007, fev. 2021. tab, ilus
Artigo em Inglês | VETINDEX | ID: vti-765355


Although the giant mottled eel, Anguilla marmorata Quoy & Gaimard, 1824, is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific region, few ecological studies have been conducted on the species. We investigated the stomach contents of A. marmorata visually and used the DNA-barcode region of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (CO1) to confirm the species identification. The stomach content analysis revealed that teleosts and crustaceans are the major prey items of A. marmorata. Interestingly, the stomach content of one of the specimens, which was 1029 mm in total length (TL), contained an eel-like fish identified as A. marmorata measuring 510 mm in TL. This study is the first to record cannibalism in the diet of A. marmorata. Although the diet of anguillid eels is generally selective for a single prey species, larger eels are more likely to adopt a diverse feeding habit that includes cannibalism in the tropical river ecosystems.(AU)
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