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A comparative study of the food and feeding habits of puntius bimaculatus and puntius titteya pisces cyprinidae



A comparative study of the food and feeding habits of puntius bimaculatus and puntius titteya pisces cyprinidae



Netherlands Journal of Zoology 27(3): 253-263



The food and feeding habits of two species of barbs P. bimaculatus (Bleeker) and P. titteya Deraniyagala were studied. These 2 spp. co-occur in creeks leading to small streams at the foothills in most hilly areas of the country and are endemic to Sri Lanka. P. bimaculatus was predominantly an algal-detritus feeder while the other was more omnivorous in its feeding habits. There were significant differences in the diet of different size groups of each species and the similarity in the diet of the 2 spp. increased with increasing size. All size groups of both species seem to exhibit selectivity in their diet. P. bimaculatus had a relatively longer gut and this was correlated to its diet. The mean relative length of the gut increased with increasing length. The gill rakers and pharyngeal teeth may aid in dealing with ingested food material in P. bimaculatus.

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