Observation On The Food And Feeding Habits Of Cynoglossus Bilineatus (Family: Cynoglossidae) From Karachi Coast, Pakistan


  • Bushra Khalil Jinnah University for Women, Karachi


Food analysis, stomach, carnivore, flat fish, Karachi coast


The pattern of food and feeding habits Cynoglossus bilineatus was studied during the period from June 2009 to May, 2010, using points methods. The composition of food of different size groups and seasons was calculated. Analysis of fullness of stomach revealed gorged – full constituted 2.02 %, 3/4 full 2.95 %, 1/2 full 11.03 %, 1/4 full 27.64 %, barely full 53.42 % and empty 2.95 % in a year. Analysis of stomach contents showed the occurrence (in percentage) of polychaetes 17.96%, crustaceans 10.47%, mollusks 6.21%, fish 0.51%, sand-mud 9.53% and miscellaneous items 55.32%. Total points of fish were determined to be 16.89% for polychaetes, 7.71% for crustaceans, 4.92% for molluscs, 1.24% for fish, 4.30% for sand-mud and 64.94% for miscellaneous items.

Author Biography

Bushra Khalil, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi

Department of Zoology