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J Fish Biol. 2014 Jan;84(1):263-6. doi: 10.1111/jfb.12278. Epub 2013 Dec 19.

First observation of African tigerfish Hydrocynus vittatus predating on barn swallows Hirundo rustica in flight.

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Water Research Group (Ecology), Unit of Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom, 2520, South Africa.

Abstract

A population of African tigerfish Hydrocynus vittatus from the Schroda Dam, actively prey on barn swallows Hirundo rustica in flight. This behaviour was discovered during a radio telemetry study and documented using a motion picture video camera. These results show that an avivorous diet is a part of the feeding biology of H. vittatus, and may occur in other populations.

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South Africa; avivorous behaviour; feeding behaviour; freshwater fish; predation

PMID:
24354922
DOI:
10.1111/jfb.12278
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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