Survey of Fresh Water Snails in Vandeikya Local Government Area, Benue State

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T. S. Atsuwe
J. I. Chikwendu
V. U. Obisike

Abstract

A survey was carried out in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria from April-July 2017 to determine availability of freshwater snails of and their preferred habitats. A total of 289 fresh water snails of four different genera were collected across 27 streams in the 7 districts in Vandeikya LGA. Water pH, water temperature and water velocity were also measured. Lenistislibycuswas found to be the most abundant freshwater snail species accounting for 40.83% of the total freshwater snails. Melanoidestuberculata was the second most abundant accounting for 29.411% of the total snails population sampled, Biomphalaria pfeifferi accounted for 17.99% while Bulinus globosus was significantly lower in abundance than the other snails, accounting for only 11.77%. By location, Mbaduku district had highest abundance of snails 84 (29.1%). The effect of the nature of the substratum on the availability of freshwater snails revealed that habitats with rocky substratum favoured the presence of snails accounting for 181(62.7%) freshwater snail collected.Our understanding of factors affecting the availability and abundance of freshwater snails in nature can prove useful in snail control which is integral for the control of the diseases for which they serve as intermediate host.

Keywords:
Fresh water snails, Lenistislibycus, Melanoides tuberculata, habitats.

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Atsuwe, T. S., Chikwendu, J. I., & Obisike, V. U. (2019). Survey of Fresh Water Snails in Vandeikya Local Government Area, Benue State. Asian Journal of Research in Zoology, 2(3), 1-8. Retrieved from http://journalajriz.com/index.php/AJRIZ/article/view/30066
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