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The dominant seagrass herbivore Sarpa salpa shifts its shoaling and feeding strategies as they grow
The relative benefits of group foraging change as animals grow. Metabolic requirements, competitive abilities and predation risk are often allometric and influenced by group size. How individuals optimise costs and benefits as they grow can strongly influence consumption patterns. The shoaling fish Sarpa salpa is the principal herbivore of temperate Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows. We used in-situ observations to describe how ontogeny influenced S. salpa individual feeding behaviour,doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67498-1 pmid:32606346 fatcat:chwck3p6q5fgfnvwdjo2hnveu4