Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 50 Issue 2
Food of some deep sea fishes collected from the eastern Arabian Sea
P. K. Karuppasamy, K. Balachandran, Simmy George, S. Balu, Vimala Persis and N.G. Menon
For determining the food of some deep sea fish in the eastern Arabian Sea, samples were collected with a High Speed Demersal Trawl (HSDT) from surveys on board FORV Sagar Sampada from 1998 to 2000. The sampling depth varied from 50 to 500 m and most of the fishes were collected from depths greater than 100 m. The eastern Arabian Sea has a good representation of deep sea fishes and the most dominant families were Chlorophthalmidae, Synodontidae, Nemipteridae, Carangidae, Gempylidae and Centrolophidae. Fish tomachs from 38 species were examined and pelagic shrimps, myctophids and Bregmaceros were the dominant food items. Among zooplankton, ostracods and copepods dominated.
Deep sea fishes, food, eastern Arabian Sea, bottom trawl
Date : 05-06-2009