PhD student, University of Yaoundé 1


Odonata are beneficial insect as larvae and adults feed on harmful insects and are important components of aquatic food webs. Also, they are good indicators of overall habitat quality. Knowledge on the diversity and ecology of these insects is growing in Africa but few is known in Cameroon as most of the investigation has been done in the South-west part of the country. The present work aims at contribute to the knowledge about the diversity of these insects in the Southern part of Cameroon. From August 2016 to February 2017, we conducted a monthly survey of adults in five different habitats situated in the locality of Minko (South region of Cameroon) between 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. A total of 97 species belonging to 10 families were collected. The Libellulidae (47.69 %) were the most abundant, followed by Coenagrionidae (28.39 %) and Platycnemididae (15.69 %). The Libellulidae includes 51 species, the Coenagrionidae, 23 and the Platycnemididae, 6 species. The opened stream is the home of 55 species and is the most diversified of the 5 habitats (H’ = 3.27, E = 0.82); the less diversified being the river in the forest (H’ = 2.26, E = 0.62). This work helped to add many new records for Cameroon, notably Gynacantha victoriae, Tetrathemi fraseri, Porpax sentipes, Tetrathemis longfieldae.


The role of macroinvertebrates for conservation of freshwater systems

Abstract: Freshwater ecosystems are the most threatened ecosystems worldwide. Argentinian-protected areas have been established mainly to protect vertebrates and plants in terrestrial ecosystems. In order to create a comprehensive biodiverse conservation plan, it is crucial to integrate both aquatic and terrestrial systems and to include macroinvertebrates. Here, we address this topic by proposing priority areas of conservation including invertebrates, aquatic ecosystems, and their connectivity and land uses. Location: Northwest of Argentina. We modeled the ecological niches of different taxa of macroinvertebrates such as Coleoptera, Ephemeroptera, Hemiptera, Megaloptera, Lepidoptera, Odonata, Plecoptera, Trichoptera, Acari, and Mollusca. Based on these models, we analyzed the contribution of currently established protected areas in the conservation of the aquatic biodiversity and we propose a spatial prioritization taking into account possible conflict regarding different land uses. Our analysis units were the real watersheds, to which were added longitudinal connectivity up and down the rivers. A total of 132 species were modeled in the priority area analyses. The analysis 1 showed that only an insignificant percentage of the macroinvertebrates distribution is within the protected areas in the North West of Argentina. The analyses 2 and 3 recovered similar values of protection for the macroinvertebrate species. The upper part of Bermejo, Salí-Dulce, San Francisco, and the Upper part of Juramento basins were identified as priority areas of conservation. The aquatic ecosystems need special protection and 10% or even as much as 17% of land conservation is insufficient for species of macroinvertebrates. In turn the protected areas need to combine the aquatic and terrestrial systems and need to include macroinvertebrates as a key group to sustain the biodiversity. In many cases, the land uses are in conflict with the conservation of biodiversity; however, it is possible to apply the connectivity of the watersheds and create multiple-use modules.

Pub.: 15 Jun '17, Pinned: 30 Jun '17

Prioritizing non-marine invertebrate taxa for Red Listing

Abstract: The IUCN Red List of threatened species is biased towards vertebrate animals, a major limitation on its utility for overall biodiversity assessment. There is a need to increase the representation of invertebrates (currently 21 % of species assessed on the List; <1 % of all invertebrates). A prioritisation system of terrestrial and freshwater groups is presented here, categorising taxa by species richness, assessment practicality, value for human land use and bioindication, and potential to act as conservation flagships. 25 major taxonomic groupings were identified as priorities, including the Annelida, Arthropoda, Mollusca, and Onycophora. Of these, the high-level taxa that emerge as highest priorities are Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), Araneae (spiders), Mantophasmatodea (heelwalkers), Plecoptera (stoneflies), non-marine Mollusca (Bivalvia and Gastropoda), Trichoptera (caddisflies), Coleoptera (beetles), Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), Oligochaetes (earthworms), Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets), Decapoda (crayfish, crabs, shrimps) and Diptera (flies). Of these Red Listing is well advanced for Decapoda, freshwater Mollusca and Odonata. This leaves eight higher taxa with currently a minimum or patchy Red List assessment coverage. We recommend that Red List assessments in future focus on these groups, as well as completion of assessments for terrestrial Molluscs and Odonata. However, we also recommend realism, and as some of groups are very large, it will be necessary to focus on subsets such as certain functionally important or charismatic taxa or on a sampled subset which is representative of a larger taxon.

Pub.: 05 Jul '14, Pinned: 30 Jun '17