Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Supplement Issue, Dec. 2014; Page No.(155-159)

FOOD AND FEEDING HABITS OF UPENEUS SULPHUROUS CUVIER, 1829 FROM MUMBAI WATERS OF INDIA

Karankumar K. Ramteke, Asha T. Landge, S. K. Chakraborty, Simanku Borah, Surya, S. Lianthuamluaia and Harshavardhan D. Joshi

Abstract

Feeding biology of populations of a typical demersal carnivorous fish species, Upeneus sulphureus from landing center of Mumbai was studied on the basis of Volumetric and Occurrence of food items. Analysis of their gut contents revealed that the food items mainly include shrimps (31.56%), crabs (27.93%), teleostean fish remains (14.51%), bivalve molluscs (13.51%) and the remaining (12.49%) consisted of unidentified food items. Acetes spp. ranked first among all crustaceans and dominated throughout the year. The present study on the feeding habits reveals that this species has a high preference for crustaceans.

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