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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 19, No. 1, 2015, pp. 71-75
Bioline Code: ja15009
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2015, pp. 71-75

 en The checklist and abundances of Small Mammals in Idu, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
AKPAN, A.U.; ESENOWO, I.K.; EGWALI, E.C. & JAMES, S.

Abstract

A study of the abundances of small mammals was conducted in Idu, Uruan L.G.A of Akwa Ibom State Nigeria from April to December 2013. Indirect and direct methods for the observation of small mammals were employed in the area under study. A total of 36 individuals, consisting of 3 Orders (Rodentia, Carnivora and Pholidota) and 7 families of small mammals were encountered. The most abundant was Thryonomys swinderianus check for this species in other resources with a percentage of 63.88 followed by Rattus rattus check for this species in other resources 16.66, Cricetomys gambianus check for this species in other resources 8.33 while Crossarchus obscurus check for this species in other resources , Atherurus africanus check for this species in other resources , Xerus erythropus check for this species in other resources and Manis tricuspis check for this species in other resources accounted for 2.77 respectively. The Thryonomys swinderianus had the highest body mass of 3.9kg while, Manis tricuspis has the highest body length of 79.9cm. The abundance and diversity index of small mammal encountered were low and this may be attributed to deforestation, habitat loss, hunting and other anthropogenic activities in the study area. There is therefore a great need for conservation and management practices to protect these vulnerable mammals and their habitats.

Keywords
Small mammals; Abundance; Anthropogenic activities; Conservation

 
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