Seeing Checkered Puffer Fish eat Mangrove Periwinkle snails is pretty impressive, but they are not the only fish interested in these snails. Here is a clip of a Schoolmaster showing an interest in the Mangrove Periwinkle.
Check out this footage of a Checkered Puffer consuming a Mangrove Periwinkle snail that was tethered to a prop root!
Previously I have posted about Checkered Puffers (see here and here). We believe they may consume Mangrove Periwinkles so we tethered snails to mangrove prop roots in Sandy Point yesterday. After only an hour, 60% of all the snails we tethered were completely missing or only shell fragments were left.
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 […]
While doing routine sampling in The Marls, we came across a pupfish that we had not previously seen. The fish swam through a puddle of standing seawater. As it swam, it would jump out of the water and dig into the sediment before resurfacing. Thankfully the pupfish was still enough that we were able to catch it and take some pictures. […]
I have now been on Abaco for a couple weeks and in my time spent in the mangroves; I have become interested in the Checkered Puffer fish (Sphoeroides testudineus). So far, I have seen the Checkered Puffer in the Marls and in Sponge Creek on Abaco, but their natural range spans from tropical to temperate waters with sightings as far […]