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Predation on seabirds by large teleost fishes in northern New Zealand

Clinton A.J. Duffy
Department of Conservation, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Graeme A. Taylor
Department of Conservation
16 October 2015


Predation by yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) on a variety of seabirds is reported for the first time. These observations and a review of the available information indicate that at least eight species of seabird are taken by hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios), snapper (Pagrus auratus) and yellowtail kingfish in New Zealand waters. Although predation of seabirds by large marine teleosts appears to be a rare phenomenon the evidence from northern New Zealand suggests that this may be an artifact of fishing and the collapse of seabird populations due to anthropogenic disturbance.

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Clinton A.J. Duffy and Graeme A. Taylor. Predation on seabirds by large teleost fishes at offshore islands in northern New Zealand. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 497:500.