A preliminary checklist of butterflies from the northern Eastern Ghats with notes on new and significant species records including three new reports for peninsular India

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Rajkamal Goswami
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4225-7763
Ovee Thorat
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3240-9161
Vikram Aditya
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3888-4369
Seena Narayanan Karimbumkara
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1313-4668

Abstract

The northern Eastern Ghats is an area with significant biodiversity value but remains poorly explored except for a few charismatic taxa such as birds, mammals and reptiles.  Very few studies have looked at the invertebrate diversity of these hill ranges, particularly butterflies.  We present the first peer-reviewed checklist of butterflies from the northern Eastern Ghats based on a rapid and intensive survey carried out at five sites over 16 days across the buffer area of Papikonda National Park and Araku Valley in 2015 and 2016.  We report a total of 102 species of butterflies from six lepidopteran families.  Seventeen significant records include numerous first reports: three new species reports for peninsular India, nine for Eastern Ghats and 14 for the northern Eastern Ghats.  This checklist adds 17 species to the known butterfly fauna for the state of Andhra Pradesh.  It is hoped that findings from the study will help to mobilise conservation research, action and attention for the northern Eastern Ghats forest habitats, which are currently threatened by large scale development, security threats due to the Naxalite insurgency and mesoscale exploitation of forest resources. 

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Goswami, R., Thorat, O., Aditya, V. and Karimbumkara, S.N. 2018. A preliminary checklist of butterflies from the northern Eastern Ghats with notes on new and significant species records including three new reports for peninsular India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 10, 13 (Nov. 2018), 12769–12791. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3730.10.13.12769-12791.
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Rajkamal Goswami, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur Post, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560064, India

Rajkamal Goswami’s broad research interests includes conservation science with a focus on animal community dynamics across natural and modified ecosystems. He is currently assisting in the coordination of a large-scale project on the mapping and inventory of bioresources in the north-eastern region of India at ATREE. 

Ovee Thorat, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur Post, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560064, India

Ovee Thorat is a PhD student at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to study landscape change in arid and semi-arid grasslands in India. Her PhD research involves understanding how development interventions have transformed the landscape of Banni grasslands. 

Vikram Aditya, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur Post, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560064, India

Vikram Aditya is a PhD student in conservation science and sustainability studies at ATREE. His primary research interests lie in community and landscape ecology. He is currently focusing on mammal diversity and distribution patterns in tropical forest landscapes with a focus on the northern Eastern Ghats region.

Seena Narayanan Karimbumkara, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur Post, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560064, India

Seena Narayanan Karimbumkara is a Senior Research Associate & Assistant Museum Curator at ATREE. Her broad expertise includes insect ecology and taxonomy. Currently her research has been focussed on the biosystematics of scarabaeine dung beetles of the Indian Subcontinent and she has worked extensively on the dung beetles of India across both Western Ghats and Northeast India.

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