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Reduction of a Larval Herring Population by Jellyfish Predator

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Science  11 May 1984:
Vol. 224, Issue 4649, pp. 621-622
DOI: 10.1126/science.224.4649.621

Abstract

The scyphomedusa Aurelia aurita consumes large amounts of yolk-sac herring larvae in Kiel Fjord. The decline of the larval herring population in late spring coincides with a major population growth of the jellyfish. The size of the larval herring population seems to be more significantly affected by the size of the predator stock than by the size of the parental herring stock.

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