Date of Defense
Joseph Engemann, Biological Sciences
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.
Goodwill, Thomas R., "Feeding Habits of Juvenile Largemouth Bass Micropterus Salmoides (Lacepede)" (1996). Honors Theses. 167.
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