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Comparison of Puntius conchonius and Gambusia affinis for Feeding Rate of Mosquito Larvae: Recent Development

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Aim: Mosquito are a major problem in almost all tropical and subtropical countries, as they are responsible for the transmission of pathogens which causes different diseases.  Study Design: The present study deals with the Comparison of Puntius conchonius and Gambusia affinis for feeding rate of mosquito larvae. Place and Duration of Work: The mosquito larvae collected from badapur, Tal. Yeola Dist. Nashik between 2010 -2011.  Methodology: Fishes introduced into experimental jar individually and acclimatized for 1 hrs. Then 200 to 500 larvae introduced into jar for each fish. Readings were taken after 10 min, 20 min, 30 min initially and then after 1 hr, 3 hr, 6 hr, 9 hr, 12 hr and 24 hours, respectively. It determines feeding rate, food consumption and larvivorous potential of fishes.  Results: The comparative account of the feeding rate of two different species which came as Puntius conchonius > Gambisia affinis. Whereas, when the food consumption pattern was different i.e. Gambisia affinis > Puntius conchonius.  Conclusion: The length and weight increases, the feeding rate also increases. It was found that the larvivorous activity of the ornamental fishes was greater than the well-known Gambusia affinis.

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Dr. M. B. Shinde
Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India.

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