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TitleThe food and feeding habits of the white Indian prawn, Penaeus (Fenneropenaeus) Indicus H. Milne Edwards, 1837
AuthorOrr, David Cameron, 1958-
DescriptionThesis (M.Sc.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1990. Biology
Paginationxi, 136 leaves : ill., maps, plates.
SubjectPenaeus; Shrimps--Kenya
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Biology
Spatial CoverageKenya
NotesBibliography: leaves 96-102.
AbstractThere is disagreement within the literature as to whether Penaeus indicus feeds selectively. Few studies deal with the dietary importance of the various items that this prawn ingests. A comprehensive study of the potential food items was made then electivity indices and indices of relative importance were estimated. The indices indicate that P. indicus become more carnivorous as they grow and that members of the family Nereidae (Polychaeta) and Mesopodopsis orientalis (Crustacea: Mysidacea) were selected. In terms of ingested volume and frequency of occurrence, detritus was the most important food item. Examination of faecal pellets indicated that diatom frustules, long strands of Oscillatoria spp., woody plant tissue and harpacticold copepod exoskeletons were difficult to digest. Plant matter and micro-crustaceans may therefore be of limited nutritional value to P. indicus.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifier76072880
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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