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Title: Preliminary study on the food and feeding habits of Schilbe mystus (Linn., 1762) in River Nyando
Authors: Omondi, R.
Ogari, J.
ASFA Terms: Feeding behaviour
Food organisms
Nutrition
Predation
Size distribution
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: ICIPE SCIENCE
Citation: Okemwa, E.; Wakwabi, E.O.; Getabu, A. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Second EEC Regional Seminar on Recent Trends of Research on Lake Victoria Fisheries, NAIROBI : ICIPE SCIENCE, p. 115-119
Abstract: Schilbe mystus (butterfish) is one of the "endangered species" of Lake Victoria, whose fishery was once of commercial importance. The annual landings have declined from about 400 mt in 1968 to a bare 15 mt in 1991. The average size of the species is smaller than that reported by Greenwood (1966). During the study, the size range sampled was 11.2 to 25.6 cm fork length with the majority measuring 14.0-15.0 cm FL. The food and feeding habits of the fish are discussed. Study on the gut content shows that S. mystus preys mainly on insects with chironomid larvae as the dominant prey.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1834/1271
ISBN: 9290640789
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