[MARMAM] New paper: First record of a hagfish anchored to a living bottlenose dolphin in the Mediterranean Sea

Daniela Silvia Pace danielasilvia.pace at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 05:12:47 PDT 2016


Dear colleagues,
we are pleased to announce the publication of the following paper:

Pace DS, Mussi B, Miragliuolo A, Vivaldi C & Ardizzone G (2016) First
record of a hagfish anchored to a living bottlenose dolphin in the
Mediterranean Sea. J Mammal
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyw022
First published online: 24 March 2016

Abstract
An unusual observation of a hagfish (*Myxine glutinosa*) anchored to a
living bottlenose dolphin (*Tursiops truncatus*) was documented in an
encounter with a group of about 80 dolphins during an ongoing long-term
research program on cetaceans in the central Mediterranean Sea, Italy. The
body of the hagfish was observed extruding from the blowhole of the
bottlenose dolphin showing a stereotypical surfacing–breathing pattern. The
observation lasted 2h; photo-identification, acoustic, and behavioral data
were collected. Succorant behaviors (i.e., “standing by”) from conspecifics
and overlapping vocalizations during social phases were recorded. The
dolphin was encountered again after 1 month in the same area without the
hagfish, apparently in healthy conditions.

Kind regards,
Daniela



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