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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 209, Issue 1, pp 7–12 | Cite as

The diet of the edible cockle Anadara antiquata L. (Bivalvia, Arcidae) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during the northeast monsoons

  • P. F. Kasigwa
  • C. G. Mahika
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Abstract

The diet of the cockle Anadara antiquata L. was studied along Dar es Salaam coast during the N-E Monsoon season. No zooplankton were found in the 80 cockle guts examined. 27 phytoplankton genera were identified, an indication of wide phytophagy. Members of classes Bacillariophyceae, Chlorophyceae, Pyrophyceae and Prasnophyceae were very prevalent in the diet. Scenedesmus, Chlamydomonas, Palmeria, Exuviella, and Coscinodiscus showed the highest recurrence frequencies per gut.

Key words

Anadara Anadara antiquata phytoplankton diet of edible cockle East African Coast 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. Kasigwa
    • 1
  • C. G. Mahika
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Zoology and Marine BiologyUniversity of Dar es SalaamDar es SalaamTanzania
  2. 2.Institute of Fisheries ResearchMinistry of Natural ResourcesDar es SalaamTanzania

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