Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Three additions to the known butterfly (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera and Grypocera) fauna of Goa, India

Parag Rangnekar & Omkar Dharwadkar

Studies on the fauna of Goa are few. Compared to other fauna the butterflies of the State are fairly well documented. The most dependable study on the butterflies of the Western Ghats has been by Gaonkar (1996) which documents 330 species of which 251 species have been reported from Goa. In recent works, 97 species have been documented from the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary (Borkar & Komarpant 2004), and 90 common and a few rare species have been depicted by Rangnekar (2007). The State Fauna Series by Zoological Survey of India, Western Regional Station, Pune, follows the compilation by Gaonkar (1996) and enumerates 251 species of butterflies from Goa (Sharma & Borkar 2008).

We have encountered three species not recorded previously from Goa, which takes the total number of butterflies recorded from the state to 254 species.
1. Black-vein Sergeant (Athyma ranga Moore)
2. White-banded Awl (Hasora taminatus (Hübner))
3. Coon (Psolos fuligo (Mabille))

Article Reference

Journal of Threatened Taxa

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