Indigenous fish identification methods in lakes Kainji and Jebba, Nigeria

RL Bwala, AM Sule, IY Yem, S Ndakotsu, R Adedeji


A survey was carried out to investigate the local fishermen’s perception of fish identification. The study revealed that the fishermen are clearly aware of the differences in fish species. The fishermen classify fish by assessing the morphological features as well as observing the behaviour of fish. Integrating such local knowledge into conventional fish taxonomy will lead to better practical definition of such classification and further yield results that are beneficial to the fishermen.

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