Fish communities of a perturbed stream in Southern Nigeria

Reginald Victor, Jacob Odenkey Tetteh

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Fish communities of a fourth order stream impounded by a weir were studied in Southern Nigeria. Fifty-eight species were recorded of which 90% occurred upstream while reservoir and downstream accounted for 48% and 43% respectively. The distribution of some fish families indicated the effects of habitat alterations caused by reservoir and downstream conditions. The fauna upstream was different from that of reservoir and downstream. Relative abundance of non-cichlids common to reservoir and downstream showed 42% similarity. The longitudinal distribution of three non-cichlid populations was different in reservoir and downstream. Non-cichlid species richness was almost similar in reservoir and downstream, but its general diversity and evenness were higher in reservoir than its downstream. Fish community changes in this stream are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Tropical Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • communities
  • fish Nigeria
  • perturbations
  • reservoir
  • stream
  • tropics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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