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Diet composition and feeding strategy of crosbanded barb, Puntioplites bulu (Bleeker, 1851) from Perak, Peninsular Malaysia


A. Ghani, Intan Faraha and Arshad, Aziz and Harmin, Sharr Azni and Christianus, Annie and Ismail, Muhammad Fadhil Syukri (2018) Diet composition and feeding strategy of crosbanded barb, Puntioplites bulu (Bleeker, 1851) from Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. In: Joint Symposium of the 8th International Agriculture Congress 2018 and 6th International Symposium for Food & Agriculture 2018 (8th IAC – 6th ISFA 2018), 13-15 Nov. 2018, Auditorium Rashdan Baba, TNCPI Building, Universiti Putra Malaysia. (pp. 109-112).


Diet composition and feeding strategy of crossbanded barb, Puntioplites bulu caught from Perak, Malaysia from October 2015 to October 2016 were studied in relation to size and stages. Based on the stomach contents of 256 individuals with total length of 13.5 to 37.5 cm, 5.47% were empty. Puntioplites bulu showed omnivorous feeding habits. Fed mostly on benthic plant materials (mostly algae) and aquatic invertebrate. Diet of P. bulu were primarily comprised of Bacillariophyceae, Chlorophyceae, crustacea, mollusca and plant matter. Estimation based on Schoener’s index showed high overlap dietary items between juvenile and adult stages, however ontogenetic shifts in diet were observed between these two stages. Adult P. bulu fed on varieties of items in prey size range whereas juveniles on smaller items. The stage based diet variances suggest that mouth gape and swimming ability may influence on the feeding habits of P. bulu. Description of dietary items and feeding strategy can offer an insight for proper management of this species particularly for aquaculture and conservation purposes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Publisher: Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Diet composition; Feeding strategy; Puntioplites bulu
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2020 06:18
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2020 06:18
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/77339
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