Original Articles

A note on the diet of Cape cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis at Mercury Island, South West Africa, in November 1978

Published in: South African Journal of Marine Science
Volume 3, issue 1, 1985 , pages: 129–130
DOI: 10.2989/025776185784461289
Author(s): J. Cooper

Abstract

During November 1978, Cape cormorants Phalacrocorax capensis at Mercury Island, off South West Africa (Namibia), consumed practically exclusively pelagic gobies Sufflogobius bibarbalus. The mean number of fish per regurgitation was 52 with a mean caudal length of 48 mm and an estimated mean mass of 1.7 g. The estimated mean original mass of stomach contents was 75 g. These Cape cormorants took significantly smaller pelagic gobies than did bank cormorants P. neglectus sampled concurrently at the same locality.

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