Rapid digestion of fish prey by the highly invasive ‘detritivore’ Oreochromis mossambicus
Doupe, R.G., and Knott, M.J. (2010) Rapid digestion of fish prey by the highly invasive ‘detritivore’ Oreochromis mossambicus. Journal of Fish Biology, 76 (4). pp. 1019-1024.
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Stomach residence time was tested over 24 h in three size classes of Oreochromis mossambicus using juvenile Lates calcarifer. In all 63 observations, the fish prey was digested within 24 h of consumption and most probably within 1 h, suggesting a need to re-evaluate the trophic status and potential effects of this highly invasive species.