Date of Defense

Summer 7-8-1996


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Joseph Engemann, Biological Sciences

Second Advisor

Richard Heard, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory


large mouth bass, crustaceans, mayflies, diet, shrimp, fish


The stomachs of 110 juvenile largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides (Lacepede) were examined to learn the early feeding habits of bass in a brackish environment. Bass were found to have five primary food sources: Taphromysis bowmani, Cloeon sp., Gammarus mucronatus, Micropterus salmoides, and Lepidophthalmus louisianum. Three feeding trends were observed during the course of the study. First, bass seemed to display prey selection. Second, bass length increased as prey size increased. Third, the types of prey eaten by the bass changed as the bass increased in size.


Help from: Kathy VanderKooy, Chet Rakocinski

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access