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Biota Neotropica

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GIBRAN, Fernando Zaniolo; FERREIRA, Katiane Mara  e  CASTRO, Ricardo M. C.. Diet of Crenicichla britskii (Perciformes: Cichlidae) in a stream of Rio Aguapeí basin, Upper Rio Paraná system, southeastern Brazil. Biota Neotrop. [online]. 2001, vol.1, n.1-2, pp.1-5. ISSN 1676-0611.

We qualitatively studied the gut contents of 20 specimens (36.1-71.3 mm standard length) of the pike cichlid Crenicichla britskii from a 100 m stretched second order stream running inside a small gallery forest in a large pasture area of Rio Aguapeí basin, State of São Paulo, southeastern Brazil. The diet, in terms of per cent composition, constituted primarily of aquatic insects (50%) (mostly immature forms), crustaceans (14.3%), unidentified organic material and filamentous green algae (both with 10.7%), followed by fishes and arachnids (both with 7.1%). Diet analysis indicates that C. britskii is a generalist insectivore with a relatively short digestive tube, which feeds on autochthonous items captured in a broad array of habitats such as in the water column or at the surface, buried in or over the bottom, or associated with macrophytes and submerged vegetation debris.

Palavras-chave : Cichlidae; Crenicichla britskii; diet; Upper Rio Paraná system; southeastern Brazil.

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