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Sand lance as cornerstone prey for predator populations

January 1, 1999

Sand lance (Ammodytes) constitute a major prey for at least some populations of over 100 species of consumer, including 40 species of birds, 12 species of marine mammals, 45 species of fishes, and some invertebrates. Variation in the availability of sand lance (and other forage fishes) can have major effects on the breeding success and survival of their predators. Commercial fishing and other pressures on sand lance populations potentially have ramifying effects on many species of wildlife.

Publication Year 1999
Title Sand lance as cornerstone prey for predator populations
Authors Mary F. Willson, Robert H. Armstrong, Martin D. Robards, John F. Piatt
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70187539
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center