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A Preliminary Survey and distribution of Land snails of Katana region, Southern Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo


Volume 9, Issue 2, September 2014, Pages 212–224

 A Preliminary Survey and distribution of Land snails of Katana region, Southern Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Jean Louis BAHIZIRE KAYEYE, Bertin NDEGEYI KABALE, Pierre Batumike Cishibanji, Jean Jacques Bagalwa Mashimango, and Jean Pierre Baluku Bajope

Original language: English

Received 24 July 2014

Copyright © 2014 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


We investigated land snail fauna of Katana region, along the Lake Kivu and the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, using a combination of direct search and leaf litter sieving techniques. Four plots, in different habitats (Forest, wetland, cultivated area and fallow) were studied, covering low altitude (1400 - 1590 m), middle altitude (1600 - 1790 m) and high altitude (1800 - 2000 m). A total of 31 species and 2209 individual land snails belonging to 9 molluscan families and 23 genera were collected from all habitats. Species richness was ranged from 25 to 10 at different habitats and different altitudes. The wetland has high species richness (25) and the fallow has low species richness (10). Achatina achatina and Achatina fulica (Achatinidae) were recorded in all the habitats in the region (constant species), where Arion rufus (Arionidae), Homorus amputatus (Achatinidae) and Subulinuscus ruwenzorensis (Achatinidae) are found in one habitat (25 %) and are uncommon in Katana region (accidental species).The land snail species inventories will increase our knowledge of the molluscan fauna of the Katana region and assist in conservation management.

Author Keywords: Land snail, distribution, Katana, Democratic Republic of Congo.


How to Cite this Article


Jean Louis BAHIZIRE KAYEYE, Bertin NDEGEYI KABALE, Pierre Batumike Cishibanji, Jean Jacques Bagalwa Mashimango, and Jean Pierre Baluku Bajope, “A Preliminary Survey and distribution of Land snails of Katana region, Southern Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 212–224, September 2014.