Feeding in Cartilaginous Fishes: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis

  • Daniel HuberEmail author
  • Cheryl Wilga
  • Mason Dean
  • Lara Ferry
  • Jayne Gardiner
  • Laura Habegger
  • Yannis Papastamatiou
  • Jason Ramsay
  • Lisa Whitenack
Part of the Fascinating Life Sciences book series (FLS)


Fishes, and elasmobranchs in particular, are often described as “opportunistic” predators meaning that they will take advantage of feeding opportunities as they arise. The implication of this term is that elasmobranchs are not selective about what they eat, which is a gross oversimplification of the complex interactions that shape diet, many of which are driven by interactions of an organism’s physiology, ecology, and behavior.



This work is dedicated to the memory of G. Rau, for inspiring a spirit of discovery and nurturing all fascinations, no matter how bizarre. The authors would like to thank the editors of this volume for inviting our contribution to the understanding of feeding in vertebrates. We would also like to recognize the many people and institutions that have contributed to our ability to develop insight into chondrichthyan biology, particularly Drs. Philip Motta and Adam Summers. They have proven a perpetual source of inspiration through their intellect and creativity, and the field of chondrichthyan feeding research is forever indebted to them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Huber
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cheryl Wilga
    • 2
  • Mason Dean
    • 3
  • Lara Ferry
    • 4
  • Jayne Gardiner
    • 5
  • Laura Habegger
    • 6
  • Yannis Papastamatiou
    • 7
  • Jason Ramsay
    • 8
  • Lisa Whitenack
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe University of TampaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiomaterialsMax Planck Institute of Colloids and InterfacesPotsdamGermany
  4. 4.Math and Natural Sciences DivisionArizona State UniversityGlendaleUSA
  5. 5.Division of Natural SciencesNew College of FloridaSarasotaUSA
  6. 6.Biology DepartmentFlorida Southern CollegeLakelandUSA
  7. 7.Marine Sciences ProgramFlorida International UniversityNorth MiamiUSA
  8. 8.Biological Sciences DepartmentWestfield State UniversityWestfieldUSA
  9. 9.Department of BiologyAllegheny CollegeMeadvilleUSA

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