Assessment of Growth Rate of Juvenile African Giant Land Snail, Archachatina marginate, Under Three Feeding Treatments
Ukpong E. E.1
Jacob D. E.1
Nelson I. U.2
Jackson S. E.1
1. Forestry and Natural Environmental Management Department, University of Uyo, Nigeria
2. Biodiversity Preservation Center, Uyo, Nigeria
International Journal of Molecular Ecology and Conservation, 2015, Vol. 5, No. 6 doi: 10.5376/ijmec.2015.05.0006
Received: 10 Jun., 2015 Accepted: 16 Jul., 2015 Published: 28 Oct., 2015
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Ukpong E.E., Jacob, D.E., Nelson I.U. and Jackson S.E., 2015, Assessment of Growth Rate of Juvenile African Giant Land Snail, Archachatina marginate, under Three Feeding Treatments, International Journal of Mol. Ecol. and Conserv, Vol.5, No.6, 1-4 (doi: 10.5376/ijmec.2015.05.0006)
This study assessed the growth rate of snailets of A. marginata under three feed treatment. Ninety snailets divided into thirty snailets per treatment were used for the study. Data collected include Shell Length, Shell Width, Aperture Length and Weight gained. The results indicate that Treatment C (TC) had the highest value for all the growth parameters assessed, while Treatment A (TA) had the least values. The mean Weight gained varied between 16.01±1.92g (TC) and 12.55±0.90g (TA) and was significantly different between the treatments (p<0.01), mean length and shell width varied between TA (4.24±0.40, 6.50±0.40) and TC (4.48±0.13, 6.92±0.30) and were not significantly different (p<0.05). The mean mouth aperture of A. marginata fed with TC (4.90±0.19) was greater than and significantly different form TA (4.35±0.30) and TB (4.58±0.28) at p<0.05. These findings indicate that local farmers who feed their snailets with only vegetable leaves and fruits obtained locally could obtain mature snails with good weight and shell growth even without combination with any other feed material.
Growth rate; Snailets; Archachatina marginata; Feed treatment; Nigeria