Reproductive Seasonality of Opsaridium Microlepis (mpasa) in the Linthipe River in Central Malawi

Opsaridium microlepis is one of the fish species in Lake Malawi. The species is known to migrate to major river affluents for spawning. One of the rivers where they migrate is the Linthipe. The reproductive seasonality of this species into this river is however not well known. In this study, the reproductive seasonality of O. microlepis in River Linthipe was studied using 546 specimens for 12 months. The peak breeding activity was observed between January and April, aperiod that coincided with the onset of a rainy season. On the other hand, the condition factor of O. microlepis was found to be variable with lowest value in the month of August.
Extended abstracts submitted under Harnessing Aquaculture and Fisheries
Date of publication: 
Region Focus: 
Southern Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
Licence conditions: 
Open Access
Access restriction: 
Printed resource

The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Harnessing Aquaculture and Fisheries