Growth of the Cockle
by J. P. Debenay, Univ d'Angers, Angers, France,
Anadara Senilis L. in a Senegalese Lagoon, West Africa
K. D. Leung Tack, Univ d'Angers, Angers, France,
Abstract: Along the Senegalese coasts, A. senilis, which recently disappeared from the Senegal estuary is still abundant southward from Dakar, in the estuarine and coastal lagoons where it is harvested for local consumption. This study is based on the monitoring of two populations of A. senilis in their natural environment, without any manipulation which may perturb their growth. It describes the shell growth and gives and estimation fo the production of edible soft parts and of shells, used in Senegal for building, metaling of roads or banking, for example.
Subject Headings: Lagoons | Estuaries | Developing countries | Seas and oceans | Highways and roads | Environmental issues | Population projection | Africa | West Africa | Senegal
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