FOOD AND FEEDING HABITS OF Bagrus bayad, NAKED CATFISH, IN GAFARA RIVER, NGASKI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KEBBI SATE
- Feeding habits,
- Bagrus bayad,
- Gut content,
- Index of relative importance
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The present study was conducted on Bagrus bayad in Gafara River to ascertain the food and feeding habits of the species. Specimens were obtained on monthly basis from the artisanal fishermen catches at their landing sites at the river for a period of twelve months (February 2020 to January 2021). Data on stomach contents was subjected to Frequency of Occurrence, Index of Relative Importance and Gastro somatic Index analysis. The results showed that fish larva, small fish and insect parts had the highest occurrence, 29.70, 19.23 and 16.14%, respectively. Gastrosomatic index revealed that B. bayad feed intensively during rainy season period. The occurrence of these food items is an indication that B. bayad exhibited carnivorous feeding habits in Gafara River which will assist fish farmers in the culture of the fish.