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AASCIT Communications | Volume 3, Issue 5 | Sep. 3, 2016 online | Page:217-223
Food, Feeding Habit and Condition Factor of Schibe mystus in Mid Cross River Flood System, Southeastern Nigeria
A total of 100 stomachs of Schilbe mystus in the mid Cross River were analyzed. Seventy three (73%) of these stomachs had food items while 27 (27%) had empty stomachs. The result gave two divisions of the algae (Bacillariophyta (7.04%) and Chlorophyta (20.74%)) and three divisions of zooplanktons (Cladocera (0.74%), Rotifera (18.15%), Crustacean (24.44%) exploited by S. mystus in the mid Cross River. Other particles like sand grains and unidentified organism etc were also found in the stomach. The mean length of the fish sample was 15.0940±2.7647 cm while the mean weight was 23.410±9.8730 g. The difference in mean between the length and the weight was statistically significant (p<0.05). There was a positive correlation between the length and the weight of the studied samples (r = 0.692). Condition factor value for S. mystus was less than 1 indicating that the species is not in good condition. This finding has management implication for resource sustainability.
Uneke Bilikis Iyabo, Department of Applied Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
Food, Feeding Habit, Condition Factor, Schibe Mystus
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Arcticle History
Submitted: Jul. 7, 2016
Accepted: Jul. 25, 2016
Published: Sep. 3, 2016
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