A Survey of Sclater‘s Guenon in Ikot Uso Akpan Community Forest, Itu, Nigeria  

D.E. Jacob1 , I.U. Nelson2
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International Journal of Molecular Ecology and Conservation, 2015, Vol. 5, No. 2   doi: 10.5376/ijmec.2015.05.0002
Received: 15 Dec., 2014    Accepted: 13 Jan., 2015    Published: 14 Feb., 2015
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Jacob and Nelson, 2015, A Survey of Sclater’s Guenon in Ikot Uso Akpan Community Forest, Itu, Nigeria, International Journal of Molecular Ecology and Conservation, Vol.5, No.2, 32-38 (doi: 10.5376/ijmec.2015.05.0002)

Abstract

The study assessed the population of Sclater's guenon in Ikot Uso Akpan community forest. Line transect method with its census protocol was adopted for the survey. Data obtained were analyzed using descriptive statistics, means, and frequency. The result shows that all the parameters measured across the two season showed no significant difference (p < 0.05) except for the differences in the sighting distances between the dry and rainy season which was observed to be significantly different (p < 0.05). The species had a mean encounter rate of 1.18km-1, cluster/group density of 16.86±0.99km-1, individual density of 82±2.64km-1, population density of 57.40±1.85km-1, Biomass density of 266.5±8.58kg/km2, and a population mass of 190.35±9.81kg. Habitat degradation in the area is severe and negatively impact on the population structure of the primate species in the study area resulting in an ageing population. Adequate measures are urgently needed to restore and conserved the forest fragment to ensure the survival of the endemic primate species in the study area.

Keywords
Sclater‘s guenon; Community forest; Deforestation; Conservation, Nigeria
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