Feeding Habits of Hoplobrotula armata in the Coastal Waters of Geomun-do, Korea

거문도 주변해역에서 출현하는 붉은메기(Hoplobrotula armata)의 식성

  • Baeck, Gun-Wook (Department of Marine Biology & Aquaculture, Gyeongsang National University) ;
  • Park, Joo-Myun (Division of Marine Technology, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Ye, Sang-Jin (Department of Marine Biology & Aquaculture, Gyeongsang National University) ;
  • Jeong, Jae-Mook (Department of Marine Biology & Aquaculture, Gyeongsang National University) ;
  • An, Young-Su (Institute of Marine Industry, Gyeongsang National University)
  • 백근욱 (경상대학교 해양생명과학과) ;
  • 박주면 (전남대학교 해양기술학부) ;
  • 예상진 (경상대학교 해양생명과학과) ;
  • 정재묵 (경상대학교 해양생명과학과) ;
  • 안영수 (경상대학교 해양산업연구소)
  • Received : 2012.03.08
  • Accepted : 2012.08.03
  • Published : 2012.08.31


The feeding habits of Hoplobrotula armata were studied using 269 specimens collected in the coastal waters of Geomun-do, Korea. The size of the specimens ranged from 5.6-56.8 cm in total length (TL). H. armata is a canivore that consumes mainly teleosts and decapods (shrimp, crabs and hermit crabs). Its diet also includes gammarid amphipods, cephalopods, polychaetes and copepods. Smaller individuals (<20 cm TL) fed mainly on fish, shrimp and crabs. The proportion of shrimp and crabs decreased as body size increased, whereas the consumption of fish gradually increased. Fish accounted for almost the entire stomach contents of individuals (larger than 40 cm TL).



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