African Journal of
Biotechnology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12484

Short Communication

Interaction between Biomphalaria pfeifferi, the snail intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni, and indoplanobis exustus, a possible competitor snail

OKERE, P .U.1* and ODAIBO, A. B.2
  1Department of Biotechnology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. 2Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  
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  •  Accepted: 13 May 2005
  •  Published: 31 July 2005

Abstract

 

Biological control of snail intermediate host of human schistosome parasites has been suggested. In this study, the effect of Indoplanobis exustus a planorbid snail and possible competitor snail of Biomphalaria pfeifferi on the fecundity and growth rate of the later was evaluated. The results showed a significant difference in the growth rates and fecundity of I. exustus and B. pfeifferi. Maintaining the snails together, the fecundity and growth rate of B pfeifferi were greatly reduced. There was direct relationship between fecundity and growth rate. I. exustus could therefore be a control agent of B. pfeifferi under similar prevailing condition.

 

Key words: Indoplanobis exustusBiomphalaria pfeifferiSchistosoma mansoni, fecundity, growth rate.