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Feeding behaviour and food selection in the horseshoe crab, Tachypleus gigas (Müller)

  • Anil Chatterji
  • J. K. Mishra
  • A. H. Parulekar


The Indian horseshoe crab, Tachypleus gigas (Müller), is a benthic feeder which subsists mainly on molluscs, decayed organic matter and polychaetes, in order of prevalence. A strong and positive preference was recorded for molluscs over other food organisms. The intensity of feeding was maximum during the north-east monsoon (November to January) in females and during the intermonsoon season (February to May) in males. It was minimum during the south-west monsoon (June to September).

Key words

Feeding behaviour food selection T. gigas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anil Chatterji
    • 1
  • J. K. Mishra
    • 1
  • A. H. Parulekar
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of OceanographyDona PaulaIndia

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