A historical and contemporary consideration of the diet of the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Bennett, M. B., Coman, F. F., Townsend, K. A., Couturier, L. I. E., Jaine, F. R. A. and Richardson, A. J. (2016) A historical and contemporary consideration of the diet of the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 68 5: 993-997. doi:10.1071/MF16046


Author Bennett, M. B.
Coman, F. F.
Townsend, K. A.
Couturier, L. I. E.
Jaine, F. R. A.
Richardson, A. J.
Title A historical and contemporary consideration of the diet of the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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A historical and contemporary consideration of the diet of the reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Journal name Marine and Freshwater Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1323-1650
1448-6059
Publication date 2016-07-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/MF16046
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 68
Issue 5
Start page 993
End page 997
Total pages 5
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The preserved stomach contents from the manta ray, collected in 1935, that provided the basis for the 2009 taxonomic resurrection of the species Manta alfredi, were examined. The majority of the material comprised calanoid copepods (61.7%) and trypanorhynch cestodes (34.6%), with minor contributions by arrow worms, a barnacle larva and a nematode. Comparison of the size-frequency distributions of stomach contents with that of zooplankton from the Great Barrier Reef region suggest that this manta ray preferentially ingested large copepods, or that the filter mechanism used to extract prey from the water was selective for prey items over 0.8 mm in length. This is the first description of the diet of M. alfredi from stomach contents, and is consistent with previous inferences about what this species consumes.
Keyword Elasmobranch
Filter-feeding
Mobulid
Zooplankton
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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