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The food of three seabirds at Latham Island, Tanzania, with observations on foraging by masked boobies <i>Sula dactylatra</i>
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At Latham Island, Tanzania, in August 2004 and December 2005, flying fish (Exocoetidae) contributed 90% by mass of prey items regurgitated by masked boobies Sula dactylatra. The fish had a mean caudal length of 164mm. Two boobies generally foraged in deep water, away from the Tanzanian coastline, ranging up to 390km from the island. Maximum distances flown on trips exceeded 1 000km during breeding and approached 3 000km when not breeding. Some foraging trips exceeded six days. Swift terns <i>Sterna bergii</i> consumed small fish and mantis shrimps <i>Natosquilla investigatoris</i>. Mantis shrimps recovered from the colony were significantly larger than those stranded on the island's beach, suggesting that swift terns preferentially took larger animals. Sooty terns <i>Sterna fuscata</i> fed on small fish and squid. Keywords: food, foraging, Latham Island, masked booby, sooty tern, <i>Sterna bergii</i>, <i>Sterna fuscata</i>, <i>Sula dactylatra</i>, swift tern <i>African Journal of Marine Science</i> 2006, 28(1): 109–114
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Asseid, BS; Director of Commercial Crops, Fruits and Forestry, PO Box 3526, Zanzibar, Tanzania; b.s.asseid@redcolobus.org, Drapeau, L; Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France, and Marine and Coastal Management, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa;, Crawford, RJM; Marine and Coastal Management, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa;, Dyer, BM; Marine and Coastal Management, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa;, Hija, A; Department of Environment, PO Box 159, Zanzibar, Tanzania;, Mwinyi, AA; Jozani Chwala National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania;, Shinula, P; Department of Fisheries, PO Box 811, Zanzibar, Tanzania;, Upfold, L; Marine and Coastal Management, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Private Bag X2, Rogge Bay 8012, South Africa;
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Publisher :  African Journal of Marine Science Association of Crop Science, Uganda     Type :  Peer-Reviewed Article,     Format :  -    
Date Detail :
2006-05-08
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- , food; foraging; Latham Island; masked booby; sooty tern; <i>Sterna bergii</i>; <i>Sterna fuscata</i>; <i>Sula dactylatra</i>; swift tern
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African Journal of Marine Science - African Journal of Marine Science; Vol. 28, No. 1 (2006)
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