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WHAT’S INSIDE THAT STRIPED BASS?

If it swims, creeps, crawls or slithers within reach of a striped bass then it’s fair game as a prey item.
By Toby Lapinski & John A. Tiedemann
WHAT’S INSIDE THAT STRIPED BASS?
From worms to crabs and finfish to snails, most anything that can fit inside a striped bass's mouth could be considered food. (Photo by Nick Honachefsky)

INVERTEBRATES FOUND IN STRIPER STOMACHS

Crustaceans

Amphipods (Skeleton shrimp, Beach hoppers, Sand fleas)

  • Amphipod (Family Ampeliscidae)
  • Amphipod (Family Aoridae)
  • Amphipod (Family Calliopiidae)
  • Amphipod (Family Caprellidae)
  • Amphipod (Family Gammaridae)
  • Amphipod (Family Haustoriidae)
  • Amphipod (Family Hyalidae)
  • Amphipod (Family Ischyroceridae)
  • Amphipod (Family Photidae)

Grass Shrimp

  • Common grass shrimp (Palaemonetes vulgaris)
  • Daggerblade grass shrimp (Palaemonetes pugio)

Hermit Crabs

  • Hermit crab (Family Paguridae)

Isopods (Aquatic pillbugs)

  • Isopod (Chiridotea coeca)
  • Isopod (Idotea baltica)
  • Isopod (Idotea phosphorea)
  • Isopod (Livoneca ovalis)

Lobsters

  • American lobster (Homarus americanus)

Mantis Shrimp

  • Mantis shrimp (Squilla empusa)

Mud Shrimp

  • Lobster shrimp (Axius servatus)
  • Mud shrimp (Upogebia affinis)

Mud Crabs

  • Black-fingered mud crab (Panopeus herbstii)

Mysids

  • Opossum shrimp (Neomysis americana)
  • Opossum shrimp (Heteromusis Formosa)


Rock Crabs

  • Atlantic rock crab (Cancer irroratus)
  • Jonah crab (Cancer borealis)

Spider Crabs

  • Spider crab (Family Majidae)

Shrimp

  • Brown shrimp (Penaeus aztecus)
  • Pink shrimp (Penaeus durorarum)
  • Sand shrimp (Crangon septemspinosa)
  • White shrimp (Penaeus setiferus)

Swimming Crabs

  • Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
  • Green crab (Carcinus maenas)
  • Lady crab (Ovalipes ocellatus)

MOLLUSCS

Clams

  • Atlantic surf clam (Spisula solidissima)
  • Common razor clam (Ensis directus)
  • Soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria)

Mussels

  • Blue mussel (Mytilus edulis)

Oysters

  • Eastern Oyster (Crossostrea virginica)

Snails

  • Common slipper shell snail (Crepidula fornicata)
  • Crown conchs (Family Melongenidae)
  • New England mud snail (Nassarius trivittatus)
  • Oyster drill (Urosalpinx cinerea)
  • Periwinkles (Family Littorinidae)
  • Shark eye moon snail (Neverita duplicata)
  • Stimpson’s colus whelk (Colus stimpsoni)
  • Threeline mud snail (Ilyanassa trivittata)

Squid

  • Long-finned squid (Loligo pealeii)

MARINE WORMS

  • Redlined worm (Nephtys sp.)
  • Sandworm (Nereis sp.)

ECHINODERMS

  • Green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis)
  • Sand dollar (Echinarachnius parma)


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