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Seahorse Predation by Octopuses in the Caribbean and the West Pacific

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Kaya Platina 3, Nawati, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
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Fisheries Research, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Taylors Beach, NSW 2316, Australia
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Taxonomy, Systematics and Geodiversity Group, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
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Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, The Netherlands
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Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9505, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
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Diversity 2022, 14(2), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020125
Received: 22 December 2021 / Revised: 28 January 2022 / Accepted: 2 February 2022 / Published: 10 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Collection Interesting Images from the Sea)
There is much documentation about seahorses (Hippocampus spp.) being threatened by habitat degradation and overfishing, but relatively few published studies mention their natural predators. The present study documents three cases in which seahorses are being caught by octopuses. In one case, the seahorse was partly consumed. These observations made at Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands) and New South Wales (Australia) suggest that predation on seahorses by octopuses may be more widespread and common than previously thought. View Full-Text
Keywords: predator; prey; Hippocampus; Octopus; Bonaire; New South Wales predator; prey; Hippocampus; Octopus; Bonaire; New South Wales
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Muller, E.; Harasti, D.; Hoeksema, B.W. Seahorse Predation by Octopuses in the Caribbean and the West Pacific. Diversity 2022, 14, 125. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020125

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Muller E, Harasti D, Hoeksema BW. Seahorse Predation by Octopuses in the Caribbean and the West Pacific. Diversity. 2022; 14(2):125. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020125

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Muller, Ellen, David Harasti, and Bert W. Hoeksema. 2022. "Seahorse Predation by Octopuses in the Caribbean and the West Pacific" Diversity 14, no. 2: 125. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020125

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