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Volume 36- Number 1 - 2001

Trophic spectrum of orange roughy, Hoplostethus atlanticus (Pisces: Trachichthyidae), in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, Chile

Johnny Labbé F. & Patricio M. Arana


Escuela de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Casilla 1020, Valparaíso, Chile




Stomach content analysis of 210 orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) caught over the submarine chain of the Juan Fernandez archipelago (33º-34ºS; 76º-78ºW) between August 7-25, 1999. Specimens lengths were between 40 and 53 cm fork length. From all examined specimens, 8.6% had full stomachs, 29.0% contained some sort of food and 62.4% had empty stomachs. The food was mainly composed by crustaceans, fishes and cephalopods, Lampanyctus achirus being the most important prey by frequency and weight, while Oplophorus novaezeelandiae was the most abundant. The latter preys on mesopelagic species, mainly over L. achirus, Stomias boa boa, O. novaezeelandiae and Histioteuthis spp., which is in agreement with results from other places in the world.

Key words: orange roughy, feeding, stomach content, southwestern Pacific




1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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