Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India

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Ravikanthachari Nitin
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9474-7951
V. C. Balakrishnan
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0931-771X
Paresh V. Churi
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2619-6585
S. Kalesh
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6151-8020
Satya Prakash
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2315-1699
Krushnamegh Kunte
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3860-6118

Abstract

We present a systematic, updated checklist of larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot.  This includes recent new records, with a total of approximately 834 plant species/groups belonging to 88 families that are used by 320 butterfly species of the Western Ghats (the host plant records for 16 species are unknown).  A reverse list is also provided as a reference to plant species-wise plant-butterfly associations.  This work highlights the diversity of plant species on which the endemic and other butterfly species of the Western Ghats depend.

 

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Nitin, R., Balakrishnan, V.C., Churi, P.V., Kalesh, S., Prakash, S. and Kunte, K. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 10, 4 (Apr. 2018), 11495–11550. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3104.10.4.11495-11550.
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