Diet of pre-settlement larvae of coral-reef fishes: Selection of prey types and sizes

L. Carassou, R. Le Borgne, D. Ponton

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This study examines the diet of nine taxa from seven families of pre-settlement coral-reef fish larvae collected in the lagoon of New Caledonia, south-west Pacific. Chesson's index of electivity indicated that the major prey groups in the diets, i.e. small copepods, small unidentified crustaceans and eggs, were positively selected by all larvae, provided they were at least 150 μm wide. This result emphasizes the role of larvae's behaviour on their feeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-715
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009



  • Feeding
  • New Caledonia
  • Post-larvae
  • Selectivity
  • Zooplankton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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