Ion levels in the gastrointestinal tract content and plasma of four teleosts with different feeding habits

Becker, Alexssandro Geferson; Gonçalves, Jamile Fabbrin; Garcia, Luciano de Oliveira; Behr, Everton Rodolfo; Mallmann, Fábio Joel Kochem; Graça, Dominguita Lühers; Baldisserotto, Bernardo


The levels of various ions (Na+, Cl), Ca2+, Mg2+, K+) in the fluid phase of the gastrointestinal contents and of the plasma were determined in four teleosts with different feeding habits: traira (Hoplias malabaricus), hassar (Hoplosternum littorale), silver catfish (Rhamdia quelen), and grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The results showed that most ionic levels in the fluid phase of the gastrointestinal tract seem to be affected by feeding habit and that these levels can be different from those found in the plasma. In practical terms, these results suggest that ionic levels of the gastrointestinal contents should be considered when preparing solutions for studies of intestinal absorption in fishes.

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