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Table 3 The most important invertebrate used in traditional medicine in Plateau Department

From: Traditional knowledge of invertebrates used for medicine and magical–religious purposes by traditional healers and indigenous populations in the Plateau Department, Republic of Benin

Species Most prescribeda Medical importanceb Most expensivec
Achatina achatina 29 7 45
Apis mellifera 5 2 1
Salticus spp. 4 - -
Eudrilus eugeniae 4 3 -
Musca domestica 3 - -
Formica spp. 2 - -
Macrotermes bellicosus 2 - -
Belonogaster juncea 2 - -
Achaea catocaloides 2 1 -
Myrmeleon formicarius 1 - -
Brachytrupes membranaceus 1 1 -
Periplaneta americana - 1 -
Callinectes amnicola - - 2
  1. aNumber of the 80 surveyed traditional healers in which the invertebrate was the most prescribed
  2. bNumber of the 80 surveyed traditional healers for which the invertebrate was considered to be the most important medically
  3. cNumber of the 145 surveyed people (traditional healer, merchant of medicinal animals and households) for which the invertebrate was the most expensive