2022, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part B
Assessment of the relationship and variability of flying arthropods inside the JOS wildlife park, plateau state, north central Nigeria
Author(s): Njila HL, Kelvin MM, Ombugadu A and Bilham IY
Abstract: Arthropods have a significant impact on our ecosystem because they play a crucial role in food chains and pollination. Consequently, research was carried out to determine the variety and distribution of species of flying insects in the gallery forest and savanna woodland of Jos Wildlife Park between June and September, 2021. The flying insects were collected using sweep netting technique. A total of 617 flying insects distributed into 45 Families, 90 Species and 8 Orders were gathered from the two environments. The composition of flying insect species differed significantly (p< 0.05). Musca domestica was the main species found in the collection. Additionally, the distribution of flying insects in respect to their Orders and Families showed a significant difference (p< 0.05). The savannah woodland had the largest distribution of flying insects compared to the gallery forest, and there was a significant difference (p<0.05) in the mean distribution of flying insects between the two habitats. Although the species distribution of flying insects in the gallery forest was low, there was a higher species diversity (H´ = 2.83) compared to savannah woodland with a lower H´ = 2.21. The similarity index value of 0.46 showed that the species composition of flying insects in the two habitats are not similar, indicating that the Jos Wildlife Park is a healthy ecosystem that support varieties of flying insects. Thus it is recommended that dumping of trash, defecating, bush burning and logging should be discouraged to further improve the variety and distribution of species among flying insects.
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Njila HL, Kelvin MM, Ombugadu A, Bilham IY. Assessment of the relationship and variability of flying arthropods inside the JOS wildlife park, plateau state, north central Nigeria. Acta Entomol Zool 2022;3(2):98-104. DOI: 10.33545/27080013.2022.v3.i2b.80