SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.63 issue4Breeding biology and hatching success of Chelonia mydas (Testudines: Cheloniidae) in Aves Island Wildlife Refuge, Venezuela, during the 2010 reproductive seasonEnterobacteria in free-living and captive Amazon turtles, Podocnemis expansa (Podocnemididae: Testudines) author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links


Revista de Biología Tropical

On-line version ISSN 0034-7744Print version ISSN 0034-7744


FLORES-ORTEGA, Juan Ramón et al. Feeding habits of juvenile Centropomus robalito (Centropomidae: Actinopterygii) in Barra de Navidad lagoon, Mexican Central Pacific. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2015, vol.63, n.4, pp.1071-1081. ISSN 0034-7744.

In America, the species of genus Centropomus (Snooks) are a key component of the tropical estuarine ichthyofauna. These species use brackish water bodies mainly as nursery areas, although adult specimens are also present. The Yellow-fin snook Centropomus robalito (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882) is one of the most abundant species in the coastal wetlands of the Mexican Central Pacific but there is very few data on its biology. The goal of this research was to analyze the diet composition of juvenile specimens of C. robalito and to study its ontogenic changes in Barra de Navidad coastal lagoon located in the Mexican Central Pacific. Specimens were collected between January 2011 and March 2012 using several fishing gears (cast net, gillnets and beach purse seine). A total of 681 juvenile fish were obtained and classified in three sizeclasses (small < 69 mm TL; intermediate 70-139 mm TL; large ≥ 140 mm TL) to analyze stomach contents. The number of stomachs with some content was 292, and the general diet composition included 14 food items dominated by crustaceans (Alpheidae, Penaeidae, Brachyura) and fishes (Gobiidae, Engraulidae, Mullidae), with minor representation of copepods and insects. Significant changes in the diet composition between size-classes were found. Diet of small and intermediate fish was dominated by juvenile peneid shrimps, and fishes (mainly Gobiidae); while for larger fish, Alpheidae shrimps, and in second place, fish from Engraulidae and Mullidae were dominant in the diet. It is concluded that C. robalito is a generalist species with ontogenic changes in its diet. Rev. Biol. Trop. 63 (4): 1071-1081. Epub 2015 December 01.

Keywords : feeding habits; Centropomus robalito; coastal lagoon; Mexican central Pacific.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )