Contribution of benthic communities to the diet of the Patagonian blenny (Eleginops maclovinus) at Ría Deseado (Santa Cruz, Argentina)

Juan Pablo Martin, Ricardo Bastida


DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol36-issue1-fulltext-1

The role of the benthic communities at Ría Deseado in the diet of the Patagonian blenny (Eleginops maclovinus) was analyzed in order to increase the understanding of the coastal food web in southern Patagonia. Subtidal benthic communities were surveyed between spring 2005 and autumn 2006 in areas of E. maclovinus sport fishing. Simultaneously, the stomach contents of patagonian blenny specimens caught during sport fishing were analyzed. The benthic community over flat sandy-muddy bottoms was dominated by polychaetes, mainly from the families Onuphidae, Orbiniidae and Maldanidae, followed by crustaceans, which were mainly represented by the gammarid amphipods Heterophoxus sp. and Ampelisca sp. The subtidal benthic community over pebbly bottoms was dominated by polychaetes from the families Nereididae, Cirratulidae and Polynoidae and the mollusks Perumytilus purpuratus and Margarites violacea. The diet of E. maclovinus was benthic opportunist and generalist, with a preference to feed on gammarid amphipods and chlorophycea algae. During low tide, the main dietary contribution came from the subtidal community over flat sandy-muddy bottoms whereas, during high tide, E. maclovinus also preyed on rocky intertidal species, mainly the Chlorophycea Enteromorpha spp.

Martin J, Bastida R. Contribution of benthic communities to the diet of the Patagonian blenny (Eleginops maclovinus) at Ría Deseado (Santa Cruz, Argentina). Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2017;36(1): 1-13. Available from: http://lajar.ucv.cl/index.php/rlajar/article/view/vol36-issue1-fulltext-1 [Accessed 14 Apr. 2021].
Martin, J., & Bastida, R. (2017). Contribution of benthic communities to the diet of the Patagonian blenny (Eleginops maclovinus) at Ría Deseado (Santa Cruz, Argentina). Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 36(1), 1-13. Retrieved from: http://lajar.ucv.cl/index.php/rlajar/article/view/vol36-issue1-fulltext-1 14 Apr. 2021