Feeding Ecology And Diet

Feeds on zooplankton, especially copepods but also mysids, eu-phausids, chaetognaths, salps, urochordates, eggs, dinoflagel-lates, diatoms, and fish fry. Little is known about feeding ecology; even the times and places they feed are the subject of controversy. Inshore sand lances as well as other sand lance species are an important forage species for larger fishes, marine birds, and mammals; they act as agents of energy transfer in the food chain, from zooplankton to higher level predators.

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