Khalaf (FLS) A.N., Al-Jafery A.R., Sadek S.E., 1985. Food and feeding habit of Barbus belayewi (Menon) from Diyala river, Baghdad, Iraq. Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 15 (2): 119-127.
Gut contents of 217 specimens of B. belayewi were studied. The specimens were collected from Diyala river between September, 1982 and June, 1983. The fish fed moderately during most of the time under investigation. Heavy feeding occurred only in Sep. and Dec. 1982. They were poorly fed only in June, 1983. Organic debris and detritus formed the major bulk of the diet followed by planktonic algae and aquatic plant parts. Zooplankton, parts of aquatic insects and nematodes also occurred occasionally but did not contributions significantly.