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Broader head, stronger bite: In vivo bite forces in European eel Anguilla anguilla

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  • J De Meyer
  • A Herrel
  • C Ide
  • B De Kegel
  • J Christiaens
  • D Adriaens

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  • Département d'Ecologie et de Gestion de la Biodiversité, UMR 7179 C.N.R.S/M.N.H.N., 57 rue Cuvier, Case postale 55, 75231, Paris Cedex 5, France.
  • Department of Biology Evolutionary, Morphology of Vertebrates, Ghent University, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Ghent, Belgium.


Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2018


This work examined three different phenotypes of the yellow-eel stage of the European eel Anguilla anguilla, broad-heads, narrow-heads and eels with an intermediate head shape. The aim was to see whether broad-headed A. anguilla, which generally consume harder, larger prey, such as crustaceans and fish, exerted greater bite force than the narrow-headed variant, which mainly consume soft, small prey such as chironomid larvae. It was found that in 99 yellow A. anguilla, in vivo bite force of broad-heads are higher compared with narrow-heads and intermediates.

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