Akomian F. Azihou's research while affiliated with University of Abomey-Calavi and other places

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Background: African pangolins are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of harvesting, feeding both local demands and the illegal international trade. So far, the lack of knowledge on the population genetics of African pangolins has hampered any attempts at assessing their demographic status and tracing their trade at the local scale. We con...
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The latitudinal diversity gradient (LDG) is one of the most recognized global patterns of species richness exhibited across a wide range of taxa. Numerous hypotheses have been proposed in the past two centuries to explain LDG, but rigorous tests of the drivers of LDGs have been limited by a lack of high-quality global species richness data. Here we...
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Illegal hunting of wildlife is one of the major issues in tropical ecosystems, especially when it occurs in highly degraded habitats with forest cover fragmentation. In this study, we assessed the impact of bushmeat hunting in a large forest patch (the Lama Natural Forest; LNF) and 11 nearby forest islands, using Traditional Ecological Knowledge fr...
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We conducted in the Dahomey Gap (DG) a pioneer study on the genetic tracing of the African pangolin trade. We sequenced and genotyped 189 white-bellied pangolins from 18 forests and 12 wildlife markets using one mitochondrial fragment and 20 microsatellites loci. Tree-based assignment procedure showed the ‘endemicity’ of the pangolin trade, as stri...
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Health risks associated to the use of tropical wildlife have so far been envisioned through the lens of zoonotic pathogens spread by the bushmeat trade, putting aside the equally vibrant network of traditional medicine markets (TMMs). We collected information on the preservative techniques used for animal body parts from TMMs in Benin through a sem...
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Although pangolins are considered to be one of the most trafficked wild mammals in the world, their conservation status remains uncertain through most of their ranges, and notably in western Africa. Using local ecological knowledge in combination with direct occurrence evidence, we assessed the distribution and abundance of the white-bellied pangol...

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... While, a very less tree species richness (10 spp.) with a comparable total tree density of 255 ind. ha −1 and slightly high dominance (10.11 m 2 ha −1 ) were reported in high fire zones in tropical deciduous forests of Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhattisgarh (Jhariya et al., 2014) and are primarily driven by latitudinal gradients (Liang et al., 2022). Altered species composition, diversity, and reduced seedling density were also been reported in areas of dry deciduous forest with the shortest fire return intervals compared to forest patches with lower fire frequency in the moist deciduous forests of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Western Ghats (Kodandapani et al., 2009). ...
... Recent genetic investigations have shown that WBP consisted of six cryptic, geographically traceable lineages [9], one of which occurs 'outside' the rainforest blocks, in a West African savannah corridor interspersed with highly fragmented forest cover, the Dahomey Gap [10]. The Dahomey Gap lineage (DGL) is of particular importance as it is endemic to a unique biogeographical zone in western Africa (from Togo to Benin and southwestern Nigeria [9]) and likely is the only pangolin species surviving in the Dahomey Gap [11,12]. ...