Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology
versión impresa ISSN 1516-8913
PENCZAK, Tadeusz; AGOSTINHO, Angelo A. y HAHN, Norma S.. An ordination technique for fish diet comparisons. Braz. arch. biol. technol. [online]. 2000, vol.43, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1516-8913. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-89132000000100013.
The frequency of nine food types in the guts of 58 fish species from the Paraná River and its floodplain was compared using similarity definition. A synthetic table ordered on the basis of this definition, with fish species on axis y, and food types on axis x, enabled easy reading numerous kinds of information on feeding ecology of fish in the catchment. For example: 1) which fish species were generalists, specialists or opportunists, 2) those classified as herbivorous species consumed small amounts of animal food, 3) that fish consumed any food type that contained transformed solar energy and matter, 4) what are food preferences dependent on fish taxonomic affinity. The possibility of employing synthetic tables for investigating spatial and temporal variation in fish diet has also been indicated.
Palabras llave : Paraná River; floodplain; fish; feeding; similarity definition; synthetic table.