Diversity of butterfly (Lepidoptera

Rhopalocera) communities at three habitats in Hulu langat, selangor, peninsular Malaysia

Yong Foo Ng, O. Siti Mariam

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Hulu Langat is located in Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. The depletion of flora and fauna diversity has always been associated with the developments of infrastructure and urbanization. The present study was conducted to study the diversity of butterfly (Lepidoptera) of different habitats in HuIu Langat. The sampling of the butterfly was carried out from December 2008 until April 2009 at three habitats comprising of forested area (Gunung Nuang), recreational area (Sungai Congkak) and residential area (an indigenous village). A total of 598 individuals of butterflies belonging to 5 families and 102 species were recorded. The families recorded in this sampling are Hesperiidae, Lycaenldae, Nymphalidae, Papilionidae and Pieridae. The family Nymphalidae represented by 47 species (46.1%) was the most species rich family. In term of location, the forested area had the highest number of species (69 species), followed by recreational area (42 species) and residential area (33 species). The Shannon-Weiner index of species diversity of forested area was 3.74, followed by recreational area (H'=3.40) and residential area (H'=2.38). The species Evenness (E') of the forested and recreational areas was relatively higher compared to residential site. The species diversity and evenness of the sampling areas were discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Science and Technology in the Tropics
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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Keywords

  • Butterfly
  • Diversity
  • Habitat
  • Similarity

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  • Engineering(all)

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