Capture of an unexpectedly large prey by the fish Centropomus undecimalis (Perciformes: Centropomidae).
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Keywords

Coastal lagoon
Common snook
Highfin goby
Predation
Southeast Mexico

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Sánchez Soto, S. (2020). Capture of an unexpectedly large prey by the fish Centropomus undecimalis (Perciformes: Centropomidae) . UNED Research Journal, 12(2), e2835. https://doi.org/10.22458/urj.v12i2.2835

Abstract

Introduction: The fish Centropomus undecimalis ingests whole prey by swimming rapidly and extending its jaws. It is a non-violent predator that follows a predator-prey size relationship. Objective: To inform a case of predation of C. undecimalis, a disproportionally large prey. Methods: Freshly caught fish from El Carmen lagoon, Tabasco, Mexico, were examined. Results: a Gobionellus oceanicus that was 56% the length of its predator, was found inside a C. undecimalis; the prey was bent in the stomach of its predator and had a bite wound in the middle of its body. Conclusions: apparently, C. undecimalis caught the prey with a single bite and swallowed it by folding the body in half: prey length is not the only determinant of when a prey is successfully captured by this fish. 
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