Abundance and composition of fish in sites with varying degradation levels in Lake Wamala DataSet Details


This dataset provides the abundance and composition of fish in Lake Wamala. Data were collected in sites with varying land degradation levels near the shoreline.


This dataset reveals effects of habitat degradation of fish species composition and abundance. Lake Wamala is a good case study considering that it is UNEP designated environmental change hotspot https://na.unep.net/atlas/webatlas.php?id=391).

Temporal scope:


Taxonomic scope:

4 orders;
4 families;
6 genera;
8 species.


The study was conducted between October 2016 and October 2017 in sites with different levels of land degradation. Papyrus was the common vegetation adjacent to water and the different sites of the lake are surrounded by different thicknesses of this vegetation although, in some sites, it has been cleared up to the lake’s shoreline. Seven sampling sites were selected for the study. The sites were categorized into three as follows: (1) Less degraded sites (2) Degraded sites, and (3) Riverine sites, based on the level of adjacent land degradation, the thickness of the shoreline vegetation and location near the river mouth.



Monic N, Laban M, Vianny N, Ashraf K, (2020). Abundance and composition of fish in sites with varying degradation levels in Lake Wamala. Version 1.4. National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. Occurrence dataset http://freshwaterbiodiversity.go.ug/dataset/?code=YtzquuFA91r4cOdxWuWmLrHEL2SaurHE. accessed via freshwaterbiodiversity.go.ug on 20 Apr 2024.

Number of Occurrencies:

129 Records


Monic Nsega

Laban Musinguzi

Vianny Natugonza

Ashraf Kamya

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