FEEDING INTERACTION OF THE NON-NATIVE AFRICAN CATFISH (Clarias gariepinus BURCHELL, 1822) IN ITANHÉM RIVER ESTUARY, BAHIA, BRAZIL

  • Leandro Bonesi Rabelo Universidade de São Paulo; Instituto Oceanográfico
  • Lucy Satiko Hashimoto Soares Universidade de São Paulo; Instituto Oceanográfico

Abstract

A total of 214 stomachs of Clarias gariepinus, Centropomus undecimalis and C. parallelus from the Itanhém and Caravelas Rivers, northeastern Brazil, were analyzed to investigate the impact of the non-native species Clarias gariepinus on the Itanhém River food web as compared to that of the adjacent Caravelas River, where this species has not been registered. In Itanhém River, shrimp was the most important food for C. gariepinus, and Teleostei for C. parallelus. In the Caravelas River, Brachyura was the main food item for C. parallelus, and Teleostei for C. undecimalis. There was no food overlap between the species within or between rivers. There is no evidence, in the results of this study, of changes in the diet of the Centropomus parallelus due to the presence of the non-native species.

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Published
2014-09-01
How to Cite
Rabelo, L., & Soares, L. (2014). FEEDING INTERACTION OF THE NON-NATIVE AFRICAN CATFISH (Clarias gariepinus BURCHELL, 1822) IN ITANHÉM RIVER ESTUARY, BAHIA, BRAZIL . Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, 62(3), 179-186. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-87592014051406203
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