An isopod as micropredator of the angelshark in the Canary Islands

The marine isopod Aegapheles deshaysiana was observed while preying on the angelshark (Squatina squatina) in the Canary Islands.

Angelshark predators: the marine isopod Aegapheles deshaysiana predating on the angelshark Squatina squatina in the Canary Islands – ElasmoCan

These are the first observations from this micropredator in its natural environment, while taking blood meals from its host and in depths less than 50m.

The complete report, which was made possible with the support of the Shark Foundation, is available in Springer via DOI 10.1007/s12526-015-0358-0 The angelshark Squatina squatina prey of the isopod Aegapheles deshaysiana.

 

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Micropredators from the angelshark: The isopod Aegapheles deshaysiana preying on Squatina squatina

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