Some ecological roles of Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious Linn. 1758) in fish production: possibilities for integrated fish-cum Agric production system

Onyeanusi, A.E. (1999) Some ecological roles of Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious Linn. 1758) in fish production: possibilities for integrated fish-cum Agric production system. In: 13th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) , 3-8 November 1996 ,New Bussa, Nigeria, pp. 282-285.

[img]
Preview
PDF (The document's language is English .) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (172Kb) | Preview

Abstract

The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious Linn. 1758) contributes to the productivity of aquatic systems where it lives. This paper reviews ecological roles of the hippo in this regard. Desk review of available literature information complemented with field observations were employed in the data collection. The ecological roles of the common hippopotamus being presented draw examples from East, West, Central and South African sub regions. The nutritional importance of the amphibious hippopotamus to rural communities was highlighted. In Southern Ethiopia, the Bodi, Bacha and Mura tribes eat hippo meat and this has led to severe hunting consequences on the wild populations of the animal. The important relationships between the hippopotamus and fish were presented. Hippopotamuses usually defecate in water and their excrements enrich the nutrients in the water resulting in favourable conditions for large fish populations. Some fish, including Labeo spp. were observed to feed on the micro-organisms and algae that grow on the skin of the hippotamus. A strong case was made for hippo-cum-fish integrated farm development in Nigeria based on ecological relationships so observed between the amphibious mammals and fish. This is one of the meeting points of fisheries and wildlife management that should be exploited for the benefits of the teeming Nigerian population

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Title: Some ecological roles of Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious Linn. 1758) in fish production: possibilities for integrated fish-cum Agric production system
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Onyeanusi, A.E.
Page Range: pp. 282-285
Date: 1999
Event Title: 13th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON)
Event Type: Conference
Event Location: New Bussa, Nigeria
Event Dates: 3-8 November 1996
Issuing Agency: Fisheries Society of Nigeria
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigeria; aquatic animals; aquatic mammals; ecology; Hippopotamus amphibious
Subjects: Ecology
Fisheries
Environment
Item ID: 3869
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2010 11:50
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:46
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3869

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

More statistics for this item...