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Association of the whale shark Rhincodon typus with the cannonball jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris

Juana López-Martínez, Marcos Porchas-Quijada, Francisco J Álvarez-Tello, Marco A Porchas-Cornejo
Journal of Fish Biology 2018, 93 (2): 401-404
This study describes the first record of the whale shark Rhincodon typus association with the cannonball jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Whale sharks were observed swimming and feeding among swarms of jellyfish, suggesting competition and predatory behaviour given the overlap in food preferences between both species. This finding is relevant because of the species-wide distribution and the importance of these interactions, which should be considered in conservation strategies of R. typus and management of cannonball jellyfish fisheries.


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