Thanks for the answer. I was also interested in the question of paratenic hosts.
The eels were captured in fykenets, and varied between 421 and 850 mm.
I'm still wondering if the daphnia became aggregated in the fyke net and the eels simply responded to this (I really don't trust eel dietary studies based on fyke nets). Unfortunately, there is no other way we can sample these particular lakes.
I'm a stable isotope ecologist so we will run these eels to see if they have a zooplankton signature...
All the best
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Subject: Re: Anguilla anguilla feeding on Daphnia
I've not heard of this, but am curious because crustaceans may be
intermediate or paratenic hosts for Anguillacola crassus, a parasite of
concern here in North America. How big were the eels? Thanks.
One note. We looked at stomach contents of American eels in the Roanoke
River, North Carolina, in 2000 and found a prevalent food item in eels up
to around 350 mm was small case-building caddisflies (Trichoptera), of a
sort that built their cases from Hydrilla verticillata leaves. Because the
cases were usually intact, are usually attached to a substrate, and the
eels were collected from dense patches of Hydrilla, it appeared the eels
had actively found and fed on the caddisflies. May be smaller food items
are more frequently utillized by eels than we'd previously thought.
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Another question about people's experience, this time about eels (Anguilla
anguilla & others).
A student of mine came has been working on a freshwater lake, and reported
that he was getting large numbers of Daphnia from yellow eel stomachs
(TL>400 - 800 mm).I rose my eyebrows and suggested that he was likely to be
mistaken, but to my surprise, he was right. Some individuals had stomachs
distended with the volume of Daphnia they had consumed. Now, I can imagine
glass eels feeding on zooplankton, but struggle to think of how yellow eels
would do this....
Has anyone ever recorded yellow eels feeding on Daphnia or read of reports
in the literature?
Thanks in advance
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