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Masta Mukwaya GASHAGAZA
Station d'Uvira, Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles

Feeding Activity of a Tanganyikan Cichlid Fish Lamprologus brichardi

     Feeding activity of Lamprologus brichardi was observed at Luhanga from August to November 1983. The fish was active in the daytime and inactive in the night time. All stages of the fish feed on zooplankters and suspended materials in open water. Diel change of patterns of feeding rate and feeding height of the fish were bimodal, high in the morning, 07:00-11:00 and in the afternoon, 13:00-16:00. It is suggested that the density of zooplankter might have been one of the factors initiating feeding activity of the fish. Seasonal change in feeding activity of the fish was recognized, high in dry season and low in rainy season. Turbidity of water and breeding activity in rainy season were considered to produce the decrease of the feeding activity.

Key Words: Diel periodicity; Feeding activity; Cichlid fish.

pp. 11-53

Ngandu M. MALASI
Departement de Documentation, Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles

Trois Cents Noms de Personnes Lega: Au-Dela des Figures

      This paper aims at describing and analysing the personal names of the Lega people in Eastern Zaire. While a person's name is generally thought to designate a specific person, it also stands as a symbol of the thought of the community to which he belongs, and makes the designated person a kind of monument which reminds the people of the experience at a particular period of their history. A total of 300 personal names are collected among the Lega and the messages conveyed by these names are decoded. Then the names are classified into 64 types according to the meaning they convey. Besides the description of personal names as message, more than 140 Lega proverbs are also presented. It is pointed out that a study of the Lega personal names should necessarily involve a study of their proverbs. The latter serves as the ground for further research of the Lega language, mainly proverbial language which takes a special form of speech and is spoken exclusively by adult men.

Key Words: Personal name; Lega; Proverb.

pp. 55-64

AFLORA and AFAUNA Committee
The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University

Introduction to AFLORA: An On-Line Database for Plant Utilization Information of Africa

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