2015 Volume 2 Issue 2

Diversity of freshwater invertebrates in Wazo Hill quarry ponds


Anna Mahulu, Samuel Mtoka, Kelvin Nongolo
Abstract

This study assessed the diversity of aquatic invertebrates in Wazo Hill quarry ponds that are formed during extraction of raw materials for cement production. The study used invertebrates as important indicator species so as to reveal the importance of the ponds to biodiversity and ecosystem. Temperatures (°C), pH, conductivity (μS.cm-1) and dissolved oxygen (mg.L-1) were taken at each sampling site during biological sampling. Generally the abundance and diversity of invertebrates at Wazo Hill ponds was found to be good. This indicates that the ponds are very important for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, but also can provide business and education opportunities.

Key Words: Ponds, Wazo Hill, Freshwater, Invertebrates, Diversity


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