Measurements and regressions of California Current prey size and hard parts and otolith morphometrics

Date 2020-12-16
Author(s) Lowry Mark S.1, Curtis K. AlexandraORCID1, Boerger Christiana M.2, 4, Sweeney Joelle M.3, 5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, San Diego, California 92037, USA
2 : California State University Northridge, Northridge, California, USA
3 : Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, California, USA
4 : Current address: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest Environmental Division, San Diego, California, USA
5 : Current address: Seattle, Washington, USA
DOI 10.17882/77522
Publisher SEANOE
Keyword(s) predator, prey, hard part, trophic ecology, Teleostei, otolith, Cephalopoda, beak, Batoidea, Pyrosoma

Prey hard parts are used to reconstruct species composition and prey sizes from analyses of scats or stomachs of many marine predators. Measurements of prey hard parts are often closely related to prey size, allowing estimation of lengths and weights of prey consumed. In addition, otolith morphometrics, such as length, weight, and surface area, are related to otolith survival in predator digestive tracts and may thus help predict recovery rates in scats. Measurements were taken of prey hard part dimensions, additional morphometrics for otoliths, and/or prey size (length and weight) of reference specimens for 158 prey species found in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME), including 137 teleosts, twelve cephalopods, two batoids, one decapod, one myxinid, and one tunicate. Regression relationships of prey size to hard part measurements, among different prey hard part measurements (e.g., otolith length to width), and among different prey size measurements (e.g., weight to length) are provided for most species to facilitate application of these data to reconstruction of predator diets in the CCLME.

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Acknowledgements Many researchers collected samples from R/Vs and from commercial catch. Special thanks to Darrin Bergen, who collected specimens as extensively as the CDFG R/V Mako allowed him to roam from San Diego in a day (some might argue farther). Joelle Sweeney contributed otoliths and corresponding length and weight data for Oncorhynchus mykiss, Sebastes jordani and Sebastes goodei. Size data and specimens for Oncorhynchus gorbuscha were provided by Steve Moffitt and Dion Oxman of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Joe Orsi of Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Tyler Zubkowski of Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Roberta Folk, Jim Carretta, Terry Farley, Amy Betcher, Rachel Struch, Morgan Martin, and Stephanie Nehasil helped measure and weigh specimens in the lab. Digital microscope equipment and instruction were provided by Wayne Perryman and Morgan Lynn. Microgram scales for weighing otoliths were provided by Bev Macewicz, Barbara Javor, and Jeff Seminoff. Collections managers and staff provided extensive access and expertise, including Ben Frable and H. J. Walker of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Marine Vertebrate Collection, Linsey Sala of the SIO Pelagic Invertebrate Collection and Eric Hochberg of Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Christine Thacker, Rick Feeney, Jeff Seigel, and Neftali Camacho of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County provided otoliths from the Fitch Otolith Collection. Lynn DeWitt created the metadata XML file.
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California Current Non-Teleost Prey Size and Hard Part Size Measurements 1 MB CSV Quality controlled data Open access
California Current Teleost Prey Size and Hard Part Size Measurements 2 MB CSV Quality controlled data Open access
California Current Prey Size and Hard Part Size Regressions 54 KB CSV Processed data Open access
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Lowry Mark S., Curtis K. Alexandra, Boerger Christiana M., Sweeney Joelle M. (2020). Measurements and regressions of California Current prey size and hard parts and otolith morphometrics. SEANOE.

In addition to properly cite this dataset, it would be appreciated that the following work(s) be cited too, when using this dataset in a publication :

Lowry, M.S., Curtis, K.A., Boerger, C.M. (2020). Measurements and regressions of otoliths, cephalopod beaks, and other prey hard parts used to reconstruct California Current predator diet composition. U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SWFSC-637