Macrobenthic Fauna of Snake Island Area of Lagos Lagoon , Nigeria

  • Williams A
  • Ajuonu N
  • Abohweyere P
  • et al.
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The macrobenthic fauna of Snake Island area in Lagos, Nigeria was studied. A total of 8 sampling stations were used for the study. Twenty-two macrobenthic species belonging to 4 major animal phyla were recorded. The Annelida (polycheata) constituted 64% in abundance followed by the Molluscan bivalve (34%), Arthropoda (crustaceans) 5% and Chordata (pisces) 1%. The spatial distribution and occurrence of species/station showed that 3 species (Tagelus angulatus, Nereis granulata and Glacera tridactyla) occurred in 6 stations out of 8 indicating the most commonly distributed within the study area. This is followed by Notomastus latericus; Capitella capitella and Opheila sp. and 2 bivalve sp. (Aloides trigona and Tellina trilatera) all occurring in 4 stations out of 8. The least occurring species were Callinectes amnicola, fish larva and Euclymene sp. occurring in only one station. Station 4 recorded the highest number in species diversity and richness with the value of 2.60 and 3.69, respectively. The lowest numbers for both values were recorded in station 3.




Williams, A. B., Ajuonu, N., Abohweyere, P. O., & Olawusi-Peters, O. O. (2009). Macrobenthic Fauna of Snake Island Area of Lagos Lagoon , Nigeria. Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 4(3), 272–276. Retrieved from

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