The Food and Feeding Habits of Phractolaemus anosrgii (Boulenger) from Warri River, Nigeria

  • O. ODUM Department of Zoology, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
  • M ANUTA Department of Zoology, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
Keywords: Food, Feeding habits, Phractolaemus ansorgii, Phractolaemidae, Warri River

Abstract



The food and feeding habits of Phractolaemus ansorgii (Boulenger) obtained from the Warri River, Nigeria are discussed. The main food items were detritus, algae, dominated by the Bacillariophyceae and sand grains. The feeding habits varied seasonally and with fish size. The fish fed more actively in the dry season while diet diversity decreased with increased size. It is argued that as fish grew older, it became more specialized in its dietary habits.

Journal of Aquatic Sciences Volume 16, April 2001, pp. 18-21

KEY WORDS:

Food, Feeding habits, Phractolaemus ansorgii, Phractolaemidae, Warri River
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