© Global Journal Of Pure And Applied Sciences . 2002. Vol. 8 No. 1
Publisher: Bachudo Science Co. Ltd
Changes In Body Composition of Heterobranchus Longifilis (TELEOSTEI: CLARIIDAE) Valenciennes, 1840
C. O. Ofor
KEYWORDS: Body composition, Heterobranchus longifilis, feeding level, proximate analysis, growth.
ABSTRACT:Body composition changes in hatchery-raised sub-adult and adult H. longifilis was monitored, using two feeding levels. There were very little sex-based differences in the valuable muscle constituents - fat and protein. Fact showed a high level of dependence on weight that was significant (P<0.01). Protein significantly Interacted with weight at the 0.001 levels, but had a negative correlation with water (-.54, P< 0.01). Dressing percentage was not influenced by sex. Females in each group grew faster than males. Fat levels had a positive correlation. (r=.62) with weight and a negative correlation with water(- .78: P<0.01) .
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