Food and feeding habits of the speckled shrimp Metapenaeus monoceros (Fabricius)

Nandakumar, G and Damodaran, R (1998) Food and feeding habits of the speckled shrimp Metapenaeus monoceros (Fabricius). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 40 (1 & 2). pp. 30-43.


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The food and feeding habits of Metapenaeus monoceros (Fabricius) from Cochin region are given in detail in this paper. Differences in food preference for this specie had been noticed between marine and brackishwater environment While M. monoceros from illshore grounds preferred polychaetes as their main food item, in Cochin backwaters, they mainly fed on crustaceans. Diurnal variation in the feeding intensity was noticed, where, M. monoceros fed more in nights than the day hours. Females in different stages of maturity were found to feed more vigorously than the immature ones. Juveniles and adults in the inshore waters did not show any signifint differena in their food preferences. The present study shows that M.monoceros is carnivorus, mainly depending on animal food items, irrespective of size and sex in marine as well as estuarine conditions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feeding habits; Speckled shrimp; Metapenaeus monoceros (Fabricius); Kochi
Subjects: Crustacean Fisheries > Prawn and Prawn fisheries
Food and Feeding
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Crustacean Fisheries
Depositing User: Geetha P Mrs
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 18:31
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:14

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