The influence of hunger on food-stocking behaviour of climbing perch Anabas testudineus

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Abstract:

The present study demonstrated that the climbing perch Anabas testudineus collected and stocked food pellets in its mouth, a behaviour that has not yet been reported in any other species of fish. In this species, food deprivation for 24 h increased food stocking, but not food intake.

Keywords: climbing fish; feeding; food deprivation; foraging; hunger

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2008.01987.x

Affiliations: Animal Behaviour and Wetland Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Christ College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala Pin – 680 125, India

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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