Assessment of algae present in the gut of Tariqilabeo latius (Hamilton, 1822) from Arunachal Pradesh, India

Karo Jongkey, Dhoni Bushi, Santosh Kumar Abhujam, Oyi Dai Nimasow, Gibji Nimasow, Debangshu Narayan Das


A total of 20 Tariqilabeo latius were collected from different locations of Senki River, Papumpare district, Arunachal Pradesh during 2019. The gut content of the fish was carefully poured into a soil extraction solution and allowed to grow for 15 to 20 days under sufficient light for the culture. The assessment and identification of algae present in the culture were carried out and a total of 19 species of different groups were identified. Out of which, 5 species belong to Cyanophyta, 6 Chlorophyta, and 8 Bacillariophyta. The total algal population was found highest in Bacillariophyta (42.1%) followed by Chlorophyta (31.58%) and Cyanophyta (26.32%). Based on the presence of diverse algal food substance in the gut T. latius was found to be a herbivorous species.


Tariqilabeo latius; Algae; Gut; Fish; Arunachal Pradesh


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