The Northern Adriatic Sea (FAO Geographical Sub-Area 17) is one of the most productive fishing areas of the Mediterranean Sea and it includes a broad diversity of habitats. In the Northern Adriatic basin, the Pomo Pit (200–273 m of depth) is one of the most important areas of aggregation for some demersal stocks shared in the Adriatic Sea and it is an important spawning/nursery area of the European hake (Merluccius merluccius). Through a metabarcoding approach we investigated the feeding habits of European hake, both inside and outside the Pomo Pit, and their temporal variability comparing samples collected in 2016 and 2014. Our analyses proved the presence of an ontogenetic shift from a diet based mainly on crustaceans in juveniles to a more piscivorous feeding behaviour in adult hakes and suggested the presence of a specific niche partitioning and food preferences between hakes living inside and outside the Pomo Pit. The main differences among adult hakes refer to the presence of molluscs in the stomachs of hakes collected within the Pomo Pit and the presence of high depth prey species (i.e., Micromesistius poutassou). Metabarcoding revealed the relevant ecological role played by the Pomo Pit in M. merluccius feeding behaviour and ontogenetic development, promoting a careful ecosystem-based management of fisheries in this area through focused conservation measures.

DNA metabarcoding suggests dietary niche partitioning in the Adriatic European hake / Riccioni, Giulia; Stagioni, Marco; Manfredi, Chiara; Tinti, Fausto; Piccinetti, Corrado; Libralato, Simone. - In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. - ISSN 2045-2322. - STAMPA. - 12:1(2022), pp. 1-13. [10.1038/s41598-022-05346-0]

DNA metabarcoding suggests dietary niche partitioning in the Adriatic European hake

Stagioni, Marco
Secondo
Formal Analysis
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Manfredi, Chiara
Formal Analysis
;
Tinti, Fausto
Supervision
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Piccinetti, Corrado
Penultimo
Funding Acquisition
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2022

Abstract

The Northern Adriatic Sea (FAO Geographical Sub-Area 17) is one of the most productive fishing areas of the Mediterranean Sea and it includes a broad diversity of habitats. In the Northern Adriatic basin, the Pomo Pit (200–273 m of depth) is one of the most important areas of aggregation for some demersal stocks shared in the Adriatic Sea and it is an important spawning/nursery area of the European hake (Merluccius merluccius). Through a metabarcoding approach we investigated the feeding habits of European hake, both inside and outside the Pomo Pit, and their temporal variability comparing samples collected in 2016 and 2014. Our analyses proved the presence of an ontogenetic shift from a diet based mainly on crustaceans in juveniles to a more piscivorous feeding behaviour in adult hakes and suggested the presence of a specific niche partitioning and food preferences between hakes living inside and outside the Pomo Pit. The main differences among adult hakes refer to the presence of molluscs in the stomachs of hakes collected within the Pomo Pit and the presence of high depth prey species (i.e., Micromesistius poutassou). Metabarcoding revealed the relevant ecological role played by the Pomo Pit in M. merluccius feeding behaviour and ontogenetic development, promoting a careful ecosystem-based management of fisheries in this area through focused conservation measures.
2022
DNA metabarcoding suggests dietary niche partitioning in the Adriatic European hake / Riccioni, Giulia; Stagioni, Marco; Manfredi, Chiara; Tinti, Fausto; Piccinetti, Corrado; Libralato, Simone. - In: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. - ISSN 2045-2322. - STAMPA. - 12:1(2022), pp. 1-13. [10.1038/s41598-022-05346-0]
Riccioni, Giulia; Stagioni, Marco; Manfredi, Chiara; Tinti, Fausto; Piccinetti, Corrado; Libralato, Simone
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