The food and feeding habits of two species of characid fish in a perturbed West African river

R. Victor, C. A. Brown

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In an urban stretch of the Ikpoba River, S Nigeria, Brycinus longipinnis predominantly fed on Chlorophyceae and Bacillariophyceae, while B. nurse mainly depended on detritus, filamentous Chlorophyceae and insects. In both species, fish size influenced the consumption of some food types. Monthly variations in feeding habitats showed that all major types of food were consumed throughout the rainy season. B. longipinnis was a predominant day feeder; B. nurse fed variably during days and nights. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of African Zoology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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