The Behavioural and Morphometric Features of West African Manatee: Trichechus senegalensis in a Semi-Wild Environment
Esenowo IK*, Akpan UA and Egwali EC
Department of Zoology, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Esenowo IK
Department of Zoology, University of Uyo
Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 04, 2014; Accepted date: May 19, 2014; Published date: May 27, 2014
Citation: Esenowo IK, Akpan UA, Egwali EC (2014) The Behavioural and Morphometric Features of West African Manatee: Trichechus senegalensis in a Semi-Wild Environment. J Biodivers Endanger Species 2:129. doi: 10.4172/2332-2543.1000129
Copyright: © 2014 Esenowo IK et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The behavioural and morphometric features of West Africa manatee; Trichechus senegalensis, in a semi-wild environment was study from July1st 2008 to November 30th 2008. Surface water was measured to determine the Physico-chemical parameters of the stream. Mean values of surface water temperature of 26.56 ± 1.08oC; pH, 6.47 ± 0.25; Free carbon dioxide, 8.83 ± 1.44 mg/L; total alkalinity, 10.35 ± 1.85 mg/L; Dissolved Oxygen, 7.35 ± 1.42 mg/L and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) 2.41 ± 0.47 mg/L were within stipulated ranged as safe for aquatic organism. Eleven Macrophytes belonging to eight families were fed to the manatee daily. The morphometric measurement showed total length 192 cm, standard length 152 cm, body weight 265 kg, fluke width 36 cm, flipper length 36 cm, head length 34 cm, girth at umbilicus 120 cm, girth at genital pore 82 cm, girth at anus 64 cm. The results indicate that the semi-wild environment provides favourable conditions for the survival of the manatee.