Detrital Nonprotein Amino Acids Are the Key to Rapid Growth of Tilapia in Lake Valencia, Venezuela

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Science  14 Mar 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4436, pp. 1216-1218
DOI: 10.1126/science.207.4436.1216


The detritivorous cichlid Sarotherodon mossambicus grows rapidly on a low-protein diet by assimilating detrital nonprotein amino acids. Differences in the quantity of detrital amino acids in different lakes may account for the variable success of S. mossambicus introductions around the world.