Findings from Checkered Puffer Fish Stomachs

The Checkered Puffer Fish experiment Ryann and I have been working on is going fairly well so far.  We have collected 15 puffer fish stomachs from Sandy Point, leaving us with one more site, Camp Abaco, to collect from.  About half of the stomachs from Sandy Point have been dissected and we’ve had some interesting finds.

Among algae, and small snails, there have been a large number of bivalves, ranging in species, and even an amphipod in puffer stomachs.  We have half of the stomachs left from Sandy Point and another site to go, so who knows all the fascinating organisms that will be found in the stomachs of Checkered Puffer Fish.


By | 2017-12-01T14:02:32-05:00 July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Fish, Mangroves and Creeks|2 Comments

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    Lauren Yeager July 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Cool, we found checkered puffer stomachs in the Loxahatchee to be dominated by bivalves, too, although they were mostly scorched mussels and some oyster. Have you seen any Aratus in their stomachs? Betsy and I observed a coupled get eaten by puffer in FL.

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    Ryann July 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Hi Lauren,

    At Sandy Point, we didn’t find any scorched mussels or oyster, mostly small clams. At Camp Abaco, we have found scorched mussels as well and 2 crab claws that we have not identified yet!

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