Impact of fire on geometrid moth diversity in a Malaysian rain forest

Norela Sulaiman, Maimon Abdullah, Nga Wo Namukonde

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The purpose of this study was to compare the geometrid moth diversity and abundance of burnt forest sites at Gunung Kenderong with unburnt forest at Bintang Hijau in Perak. Rothamsted and mosquito light traps were used to trap moths at four different locations during the periods of 18-20 December 2006 and 7-11 February 2007). Diversity indices including abundance, evenness and dissimilarity coefficients are used as measurements. A total of 164 geometrid moth individuals were trapped in these locations. Bintang Hijau forest yielded a higher number of species (54 species) while Gunung Kenderong (25 species). The Shannon Weiner diversity index (H') for Bintang Hijau (H' = 4.877) was significantly higher when compared to Gunung Kenderong (H' = 3.738)(p>0.05). Likewise, the Evenness index (E) was also higher at Bintang Hijau (E = 0.851) compared with Gunung Kenderong (E = 0.718). The differences presented by the diversity and evenness values serve as a good indication of the level of moth diversity present The low level of similarity obtained at Gunung Kenderong (0.488) indicated that the geometrid moth communities in the two forests were dissimilar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-120
Number of pages14
JournalMalaysian Forester
Volume71
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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Keywords

  • Abundance
  • Diversity
  • Fire
  • Forest
  • Geometridae

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  • Forestry

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Impact of fire on geometrid moth diversity in a Malaysian rain forest. / Sulaiman, Norela; Abdullah, Maimon; Namukonde, Nga Wo.

In: Malaysian Forester, Vol. 71, No. 1, 01.2008, p. 107-120.

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Sulaiman, N, Abdullah, M & Namukonde, NW 2008, 'Impact of fire on geometrid moth diversity in a Malaysian rain forest', Malaysian Forester, vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 107-120.
Sulaiman, Norela ; Abdullah, Maimon ; Namukonde, Nga Wo. / Impact of fire on geometrid moth diversity in a Malaysian rain forest. In: Malaysian Forester. 2008 ; Vol. 71, No. 1. pp. 107-120.
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