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COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE GROWTH PERFORMANCE AND HAEMOLYMPH BIOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF NORMAL AND ALBINO GIANT LAND SNAIL- ARCHACHATINA MARGINATA

Ademolu, K. O. and Jayeola, O. A. and Dedeke, G. A. and Idowu, A.B (2011) COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE GROWTH PERFORMANCE AND HAEMOLYMPH BIOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF NORMAL AND ALBINO GIANT LAND SNAIL- ARCHACHATINA MARGINATA. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management, 4 (2). pp. 101-106.

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Abstract

This study was conducted to compare the growth performance and haemolymph metabolites concentrations of two snail ecotypes-normal skin and albino snail raised in captivity for eight weeks. The growth performance was measured by body weight gain, shell length gain and shell circumference gain while the measured haemolymph metabolites were glucose, protein, lipids, Na+, K+ ,Ca2+, Cl- and PO4 2-. Normal snail recorded better growth performance and growth rate (3.432x) than albino snails (2.166x). Similarly significantly higher (P<0.05) haemolymph metabolites (35.0mg/dl, 54.0g/l, 24.5mg/dl for glucose, protein and lipids respectively) were recorded by normal snails. However, no significant difference (P>0.05) was recorded in the concentrations of minerals of the two snails species haemolymph. The domestication of the two snail ecotypes is thus recommended for heliculturist.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Albino snails, Archachatina marginata, biochemical value, haemolymph.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 11:16
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 11:16
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/7791

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