OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences

Determination of Morphometric Relationship and Condition Factors of Four Cichlids from Golinga Reservoir in Northern Region of Ghana

Elliot Haruna Alhassan, Daniel Nsoh Akongyuure and Francis Asumang

DOI : 10.3844/ojbsci.2015.201.206

OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences

Volume 15, Issue 3

Pages 201-206

Abstract

Length-weight relationship and condition factor have severalapplications on fish biology, physiology, ecology and fisheries assessment. A six-month study was conducted from November 2013 to April 2014 to determine the length-weight relationship and condition factor of four major cichlids namely Oreochromis niloticus (Nile tilapia), Hemichromis fasciatus (Banded jewelfish), Sarotherodon galilaeus (Mango fish) and Tilapiazillii (Red-belly tilapia) to fill a knowledge gap and provide useful information for fisheries management and conservation in the Golinga reservoir using the length-weight based model. Samples were collected twice every month with gillnets from commercial fishermen. The length-weight relationship had a strong positive correlation (r>0.8) for the four species. Oreochromis niloticus exhibited isometric growth (b = 3.07) whilst Hemichromis fasciatus (b = 2.81), Sarotherodon galilaeus (b = 2.91) and Tilapia zillii (b = 2.75) showed negative allometric growth. Mean condition factor (K) values were greater than one (3.66-4.88) for all the species and varied monthly. The study provided new information on length-weight parameters for the four cichlids.

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© 2015 Elliot Haruna Alhassan, Daniel Nsoh Akongyuure and Francis Asumang. 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.