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Fisheries Science

Aspects Of The Feeding Biology Of Porogobius Schlegeui (Gunther) (Pisces Gobiidae) In The Fosu Lagoon, Ghana


Abstract

As part of a general survey of the fisheries biology and ecology of the Fosu Lagoon (Ghana), the feeding structures, diet and feeding activities of Porogobius schlegelii in the lagoon was studied during a period of 9 months. Feeding structures of the fish viz: prominent unicuspid caniform teeth, widely-spaced gill rakers and a short gut (0.63xSL) suggested that the species was a carnivore. Mowcvcr, stomach content analysis of the population studied revealed an omnivorous diet. Stomach contents consisted of pieces of macrophytes, algae, rotifers, copepods,
ostracods, insect larvae, detritus, gastropods, fish eggs and fry. Investigations on the diet and feeding activities of the fish showed that P. schlegelii in the Fosu Lagoon fed throughout the day. Both diurnal and nocturnal feeding were suggested by observations made on two 24-hour occasions.

 

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Name of Author(s):
John Blay, Jr.
Institutional Affiliation:
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
Type of Publication:
Journal Article
Name of Publisher or Journal:
Ghana Journal of Science
Date of Publication:
Number of Pages:
5