Relationship between water transparency and species richness of surviving Haplochromines in selected habitats in Mwanza gulf - Lake Victoria

  • HDJ Mrosso Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute Mwanza Centre, PO Box 475 Mwanza, Tanzania
  • BS Msuku Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute Mwanza Centre, PO Box 475 Mwanza, Tanzania
  • O Seehausen Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK

Abstract

Several of the surviving haplochromine species have been recorded in habitats of different water transparencies within the Mwanza Gulf. Sampling for the haplochromines was carried out in muddy, rocky, sandy and vegetated habitats. All of the recorded species had been reported previously. Fewer species were encountered than previously reported in the same sampling stations. There was evidence for positive correlation between species richness and water transparency that was reinforced with data on ecological differentiation. Further exploration and conservation measures of diversity have been suggested for Lake Victoria haplochromines.

Tanzania Journal of Science Vol.30(1) 2004: 101-108
Published
2005-01-20

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