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Food composition of Clarias gariepinus (= C. lazera) (Cypriniformes, Clariidae) in Lake Kinneret (Israel)

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The feeding behaviour of the freshwater piscivore, Clarias gariepinus (C. lazera) (C & V 1840) was studied over two periods: 1973–1975 and 1981–1982, in Lake Kinneret (Israel). The total number of fish analysed was 264 and their sizes (SL) and weights varied between 238 and 830 mm (146 to 5728 g). More than fifty species of plants and animals from the plankton, benthos and nekton of Lake Kinneret were identified in the intestines of C. gariepinus. Preyed fish were the most abundant food component (81%) and constituted the highest biomass, with Mirogrex terraesanctae representing the majority (although other species were also found). The potential impact of piscivory in the Kinneret ecosystem is considered.

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Spataru, P., Viveen, W.J.A.R. & Gophen, M. Food composition of Clarias gariepinus (= C. lazera) (Cypriniformes, Clariidae) in Lake Kinneret (Israel). Hydrobiologia 144, 77–82 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00008053

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