oa African Zoology - The effect of temperature on the rate of passage of food in the smallmouth yellowfish, Barbus aeneus Burchell (Teleostei, Cyprinidae)

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The effect of temperature on the rate of gut evacuation in Barbus aeneus was investigated in two ways. In the first, juvenile fish, kept under conditions of constant temperature, were fed marked food items and the time elapsing until these appeared in the faeces was noted. In the second, fish of a range of sizes were caught in the P.K. le Roux dam and immediately placed in cages in the dam to prevent their access to food. Groups of fish were sacrificed at intervals and the contents of standardized gut sections weighed. The field experiment was carried out in summer and in winter.

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