International Journal of
Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Fish. Aquac.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9839
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJFA
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 233

Full Length Research Paper

Morphometric relations, diet composition and ontogenetic dietary shift of Labeobarbus intermedius (Rüppell, 1836) in Lake Tana gulf of Gorgora, Ethiopia

Flipos Engdaw
  • Flipos Engdaw
  • Department of Biology, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Post Box 196, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 01 August 2014
  •  Accepted: 29 October 2014
  •  Published: 18 November 2014


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