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Locomotion, Food, and Feeding

Theodore W. Pietsch

in Oceanic Anglerfishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255425
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255425.003.0007
Locomotion, Food, and Feeding

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This chapter discusses how ceratioids make their living. It covers locomotion, food and feeding, biomechanics of feeding, specialized feeding mechanisms, and predation of ceretioid. Inhabiting such great depths in the vastness of the world oceans, living ceratioid anglerfishes are totally inaccessible by all reasonable means of observation. The overall picture of how they make their living are based on extrapolation from observations made on more readily accessible, shallow-water anglerfishes, combined with what can be concluded from their external morphology, internal anatomy, early life history, and stomach contents, in the context of what we know about the environmental conditions under which they live.

Keywords: ceratioids; anglerfishes; biomechanics; feeding mechanisms; predation

Chapter.  13911 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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