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FIFTH PUBLICATION, JANUARY 2017. THE Bioscientist. vol.5

The Bioscientist: Vol. 5(1):32 -38, January 2017
Available online at http://www.bioscientistjournal.com
Deme et al., 2017 Page 32

SOME PHYSICOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS OF WATER AND ABUNDANCE OF
MOSQUITO LARVAE IN POTHOLES ON JOS ROADS IN NIGERIA

*¹Deme, G. G.; ¹Malann, Y. D; ¹Madara, A. A; 2Kum, F.; 3Lumi, E. B; ¹Jwanse, R. I; And
2Lazarus, E. D.

¹Dept. of Applied Biochemistry, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. ²Dept. of Human Biochemistry, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Nnewi Campus, Nigeria. 3Dept. of Science Lab. Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author’s Email: adevic16@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT (Download PDF)


Some mosquitoes are known to be container breeders. A survey was conducted to determine
some physicochemical parameters of water associated with mosquito breeding in potholes on
abandoned road construction sites in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State between
May and October 2016. Three sites were selected and sampled for mosquito larvae using soup
ladle dipper method. The physicochemical parameters were determined using the APHA
methods and were done in situ except, the Biological Oxygen Demand that was done using the
Winkler method. The mosquito larvae were identified in the laboratory using some
morphometric features. The result showed that the 1026 mosquito larvae collected comprised
four species namely,Culex quinquefasciatus 726(70.76%), Aedes aegypti 183(17.84%) and
Anopheles gambiae with Anopheles funestus 117(11.40%). Mosquito larvae abundance and
physicochemical parameters determined were nearly perfectly correlated (P>0.05) which
suggested that mosquito breeding had a good association with the prevailing physicochemical
parameters. This study has revealed that all water parameters checked were pivotal to the
composition of all species of mosquito larvae encountered.


Keywords: Potholes, water parameters, mosquito larvae, Jos

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