Butterflies (Lepidoptera) of the Kameng Protected Area Complex, western Arunachal Pradesh, India

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Sanjay Sondhi
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3970-6858
Krushnamegh Kunte
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3860-6118

Abstract

The butterflies of the Kameng Protected Area Complex in western Arunachal Pradesh, India, covering the protected areas of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakke Tiger Reserve and Sessa Orchid Wildlife Sanctuary were surveyed over a 5-year period (2009–2014).  A total of 421 butterfly species were recorded during the survey, including two species new to India (Gonepteryx amintha thibetana and Bhutanitis ludlowi) and several species rediscoveries and range extensions in the Eastern Himalaya, most notably Arhopala belphoebe, Sovia separata magna, Aulocera saraswati vishnu, Calinaga aborica, Callerebia annada annada, and Callerebria scanda opima.  Here we provide an annotated checklist of butterflies of the Kameng Protected Area Complex, including historical records, distributions, abundance, habitats and other notes on these 421 species. An additional 42 species recorded in older literature or by other authors in recent times are also listed, taking the total number of species recorded in the landscape to 463. 

 

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Sondhi, S. and Kunte, K. 2016. Butterflies (Lepidoptera) of the Kameng Protected Area Complex, western Arunachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 8 (Aug. 2016), 9053–9124. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2984.8.8.9053-9124.
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Sanjay Sondhi, Titli Trust, 49 Rajpur Road Enclave, Dhoran Khas, near IT Park, P.O. Gujrada, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001, India and Indian Foundation for Butterflies. C-703, Alpine Pyramid, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru Karnataka 560097, India

Sanjay Sondhi, Founder Trustee, Titli Trust (www.titlitrust.org) is a naturalist with an interest in Lepidoptera, Herpetofauna and Avifauna. He supports conservation research and action and conservation education programs in the Himalaya.

 

Krushnamegh Kunte, Indian Foundation for Butterflies. C-703, Alpine Pyramid, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru Karnataka 560097, India and National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), GKVK, Bellary Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560065, India

Krushnamegh Kunte is a lepidopterist, an evolutionary biologist, and a faculty member at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru. Visit his lab website, http://biodiversitylab.org/, for more information.

 

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