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Chirocentrodon bleekerianus (Teleostei: Clupeiformes: Pristigasteridae), a small predaceous herring with folded and distinctively oriented prey in stomach.
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PMID:  15195375     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Predaceous fish-eating species of the order Clupeiformes have a large mouth with well-developed teeth, and reach the greatest sizes within their families (up to 90 cm). We found that the pristigasterid Chirocentrodon bleekerianus, a small clupeiform (about 10 cm) from the tropical SW Atlantic, is able to prey on proportionally large clupeoid fishes and caridean shrimps. Fish preys are folded in the stomach of this herring, their heads and tails pointing toward the predator's head. This distinctive orientation of fish prey is also recorded for some small to medium-sized, fish-eating species of the tropical freshwater order Characiformes with canine-like teeth similar to those found in C. bleekerianus.
C Sazima; R L Moura; I Sazima
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2004-08-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brazilian journal of biology = Revista brasleira de biologia     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1519-6984     ISO Abbreviation:  Braz J Biol     Publication Date:  2004 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-15     Completed Date:  2004-09-07     Revised Date:  2007-09-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101129542     Medline TA:  Braz J Biol     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  165-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departamento de Zoologia e Museu de História Natural, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, C.P. 6109, CEP 13083-970, Campinas, SP, Brasil.
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MeSH Terms
Feeding Behavior
Fishes / physiology*
Gastrointestinal Contents*
Predatory Behavior*

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