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Rough-Toothed Dolphins (Steno bredanensis) as Predators of Mahimahi (Coryphaena hippurus)

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Title:Rough-Toothed Dolphins (Steno bredanensis) as Predators of Mahimahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
Authors:Pitman, Robert L.
Stinchcomb, Charles
Date Issued:Oct 2002
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Pitman RL, Stinchcomb C. 2002. Rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) as predators of mahimahi (Coryphaena hippurus). Pac Sci 56(4): 447-450.
Abstract:We present details of four separate observations of rough-toothed
dolphins (Steno bredanensis) apparently preying on adult-sized (>or=1 m) mahimahi
(Coryphaena hippurus) in the eastern Pacific. We cite similar sightings from Hawai'i
and some additional behavioral observations (synchronized swimming,
food sharing, regular association with flotsam), and suggest that rough-toothed
dolphins may be specialized predators on large mahimahi.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 56, Number 4, 2002

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