Food habits of Barbus luteus in main outfall drain, Iraq


The alimentary canal contents of 360 Barbus luteus caught from MOD between January 2010 to December 2010 were examined. The phyto-plankton, zooplanktons, detritus, diatoms, insects and unidentified digestive food were identified in the alimentary canal of fish. The results of diet analysis showed that the B. luteus was omnivorous. The species of fish tended to consume more plant origin food. The aquatic plants and tissues were the main part of thier food followed by chlorophyta and cyanophyta. The results revealed that the species obtained or fell their food item from the bed of rivers or near to it.

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Maktoof, A. (2013) Food habits of Barbus luteus in main outfall drain, Iraq. Natural Science, 5, 848-856. doi: 10.4236/ns.2013.57102.

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