Assessment of diversity and distribution of Snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Agroecosystem of Faisalabad, Pakistan

Assessment of diversity and distribution of Snails

 

By Javaria Altaf1*, Naureen Aziz Qureshi2, Syed Hammad Raza3, Muhammed Javed Iqbal Siddiqui4

  1. Department of Zoology, Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan
  2. Government College Women University Faisalabad, Pakistan
  3. Department of Botany, Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan
  4. Department of Zoology, Government Postgraduate College, Samanabad, Faisalabad, Punjab,
    Pakistan
Abstract
Gastropods have never been studied in Punjab, Pakistan with reference to its diversity and distribution. Different ecological factors have been studied which affect the distribution of the snail in the agroecosystem of this region. Total number of 19290 snails specimens, were collected from different cropland areas of 24 villages of Faisalabad including sugarcane, wheat, fodder, vegetables fields and ditches. The specimens were identified on the basis of recent identification keys and diagrammatic description provided in them to understand the biodiversity in this region. The diversity index was found highly significant in sugarcane, wheat, fodder, and vegetables fields however the results were non-significant
in case of ditches. The relative abundance was maximum in sugarcane and least in ditches. The diversity index was significantly high in all months except in April whereas the relative abundance was maximum in July and August. It can be concluded that due to environmental degradation and water pollution the snail diversity is non significant, in ditches however in the agroecosystem it is a pest. It can be suggested that strategies must be developed to control water quality deterioration and its biological control as a pest.Get the full articles at: http://bit.ly/22b673z
Snails Diversity

Journal Name: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)

Publisher Name: International network For natural Sciences (INNSPUB)

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Source: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences @2016 Research Journal of Environmental Sciences
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