|Town/Region||Douala-Edéa Wildlife Reserve|
|Date||8 Jan 2020|
Within invertebrates, the class Diplopoda (millipedes) is a very important, mega-diverse and abundant group, this being especially true for tropical forest biomes. Although extremely important in terms of taxonomic diversity (about 80,000 species expected and ca. 12000 species described), millipedes are mostly detrivorous, mesophilous cryptic, slow-moving animals restricted to the tropics (David, 2015, David & Handa 2010). Being largely forest-dwelling, they are still poorly investigated, even though they play important roles in forest ecology (Foster & Claeson, 2011).
Millipedes are sensitive to habitat changes resulting from forest disturbance, for instance, in terms of changes in light regimes, microclimates, the availability of dead wood and soil compaction, making them important indicators of the ecological impacts of habitat disturbance (Hamer, & Slotow, 2002). Among these important soil/litter fauna components, numerous species are endemic to Cameroon; many are poorly-known, while some are new to science. The millipede faunas of Cameroon forested regions remains largely neglected. The existing information provides no basis for making conservation decisions in this important hotspot of biodiversity. Generally, millipedes suffer greatly in terms of interest in conservation and worldwide protection.
In Africa, only few species have been the subject of special protection measures. Here we intend to outline the challenges and solutions to the integration of millipedes into biodiversity management objectives and monitoring in protected areas in Cameroon. We shall provide a comparative record of millipede species diversity and their distributions across the different habitat types in the study area. We shall also obtain a better knowledge of biodiversity and its changes in the study region. The impact of anthropogenic factors on millipede diversity and detailed distributions in the study site will also be traced and evaluated. Conclusions of the study will be handed to authorities in charge of wildlife protection and will serve as a base for the elaboration of conservation strategies for millipedes.
Read about Armand's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/armand_richard_nzoko_fiemapong or for more information contact:
Researchgate : https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nzoko_Armand