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Nymphal Cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) as a Prey Item of Shovelnose Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus) in the Lower Mississippi River
Audrey B. Harrison, Steven G. George and William T. Slack
Vol. 10, No. 2 (2011), pp. 371-373
Published by: Eagle Hill Institute
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41263018
Page Count: 3
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Stomach contents of 3 Scaphirhynchus platorynchus (Shovelnose Sturgeon) collected in the Lower Mississippi River in January 2010 yielded 44 specimens of cicada nymphs, Diceroprocta sp. The fish were collected during a sudden rise in water level. The floodplain-dwelling cicada were likely washed out of their terrestrial habitat and into the river, where opportunistic sturgeon were foraging.
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