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J Fish Biol. 2018 Aug;93(2):401-404. doi: 10.1111/jfb.13725.

Association of the whale shark Rhincodon typus with the cannonball jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris.

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Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, Guaymas, Mexico.

Abstract

This study describes the first record of the whale shark Rhincodon typus association with the cannonball jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Whale sharks were observed swimming and feeding among swarms of jellyfish, suggesting competition and predatory behaviour given the overlap in food preferences between both species. This finding is relevant because of the species-wide distribution and the importance of these interactions, which should be considered in conservation strategies of R. typus and management of cannonball jellyfish fisheries.

KEYWORDS:

Gulf of California; Rhincodon typus; Stomolophus meleagris; competition; feeding; predation

PMID:
29956308
DOI:
10.1111/jfb.13725
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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