UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Butterfly diversity in a tropical urban habitat (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea)

Chowdhury, S; Hesselberg, T; Bohm, M; Islam, M; Aich, U; (2017) Butterfly diversity in a tropical urban habitat (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea). Oriental Insects , 51 (4) pp. 417-430. 10.1080/00305316.2017.1314230. Green open access

[img]
Preview
Text
Chowdhury et al. 2017 accepted.pdf - ["content_typename_Accepted version" not defined]

Download (1MB) | Preview

Abstract

Butterflies are important pollinators and indicators of environmental health. Habitat destruction and fragmentation caused by developmental activities and poor natural resource management are the main reasons for the drastic decline of butterfly populations throughout the world, and prompt the need for effective conservation management. We assessed the diversity, richness, seasonal distribution and conservation priorities of butterflies in an inner-city parkland habitat (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) and investigated the biotic, and abiotic factors affecting butterfly diversity. A total of 93 species from 5 families were recorded from January to December 2014. Nymphalidae and Papilionidae were the most and least dominant families in terms of species number. Butterflies across families generally selected nectar plants randomly, although some showed preference towards herbs. Spatial interpolation of butterfly richness indicated that the most suitable area was around Curzon Hall, an area containing different types of vegetation. Precipitation was the only abiotic factor with a significant relationship with butterfly species richness. The establishment of green areas with complex structural vegetation will improve microclimatic conditions for butterflies, promoting healthier urban ecosystems, and the conservation of butterflies and other associated species in inner-city areas.

Type: Article
Title: Butterfly diversity in a tropical urban habitat (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00305316.2017.1314230
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00305316.2017.1314230
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Biodiversity, Bangladesh, conservation, entomology, seasonal distribution, species richness, urban ecosystems
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1540222
Downloads since deposit
69Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item