Cephalopods from the stomachs of sperm whales taken off California

Fiscus, Clifford H. and Rice, Dale W. and Wolman, Allen A. (1989) Cephalopods from the stomachs of sperm whales taken off California. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 83)

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Cephalopod remains (beaks, bodies, and parts of bodies) were collected from the stomachs of 157 sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) taken off central California (lat. 37°-39°N). At least 24 species representing 14 families were identified. Frequencies of occurrence of the six most numerous taxa were Moroteuthis robusta 72.0%, Gonatopsis borealis 66.2%, Histioteuthis dofleini 36.9%, Galiteuthis spp. (including G. phyllura and G. pacifica) 36.3%, Octopoteuthis deletron 35.0%, and Vampyroteuthis infernalis 27.4%. One find of two Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni beaks strongly suggests transequatorial migration by one large male sperm whale. (PDF file contains 18 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Cephalopods from the stomachs of sperm whales taken off California
Personal Creator/Author:
Fiscus, Clifford H.
Rice, Dale W.
Wolman, Allen A.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 83
Date: 1989
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Management
Item ID: 2738
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009 15:43
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:22
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2738

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