n African Entomology - Susceptibility of 12 smoke-dried fish species to Kugelann, 1792 (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)




A comparative study was undertaken to determine progeny development of Kugelann and its damage on 12 smoke-dried fish species. The highest weight of the emerged F adult was observed in (0.10 g) followed by sp. and sp. (0.07 g); while sp., sp. and had the least weight of emerged adults (0.01 g). sp. and had significantly ( < 0.05) higher number of emerged F adults compared with the number of emerged adults in other species except sp. and . The significantly ( < 0.05) longest day to first adult emergence (24 days) was observed in . The least percentage weight loss (20.52%) due to infestation was observed on sp., which was significantly ( <0.05) lower than 73.68% observed in sp. and 71.23% observed in sp. There was a positive correlation between adult progeny and weight of emerged adult (=0.92, P<0.01). Also, fish bone weight was positively correlated to percentage weight loss ( = 0.87, < 0.01).


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