Polar Biology

, Volume 11, Issue 8, pp 565–566 | Cite as

The diet of Antarctic fur seals, Arctocephalus gazella, during the summer-autumn period at Mossman Peninsula, Laurie Island (South Orkneys)

  • G. A. Daneri
  • N. R. Coria
Short Note


From mid January to April 1988 a total of 105 faecal samples of non breeding male fur seals, Arctocephalus gazella, was collected at Mossman Peninsula, Laurie Island. Examination of scats containing prey remains showed that fur seals fed mainly on krill, occurring in 100% of samples but fish were also a common food item (78.8%). Myctophids constituted more than 90% of fish taken by fur seals. Squid beaks occurred in 34.3% of scats, being more common in the autumn period.


Food Item Faecal Sample Common Food Autumn Period Common Food Item 
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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. Daneri
    • 1
  • N. R. Coria
    • 2
  1. 1.División MastozoologíaMuseo Arg. de Cs. Nat. “B. Rivadavia”Buenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Instituto Antártico ArgentinoBuenos AiresArgentina

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