Insect species diversity in Tropics: sampling methods and a case study

Gadagkar, Raghavendra ; Chandrashekara, K. ; Nair, Padmini (1990) Insect species diversity in Tropics: sampling methods and a case study Journal of the Bombay Natural History Soceity, 87 (3). pp. 337-353. ISSN 0006-6982

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The tropical regions of the world generally have a richer store of biological diversity than other regions of the globe. But most tropical habitats face a significant threat of destruction. Yet, little is known about tropical biotic communities. Suspecting that at least part of the reason for the poor documentation of tropical insect communities is the lack of appropriate research methodology, we have endeavoured to standardize a package of methods for quantitative sampling of insects, suitable for tropical ecologists with modest research budgets. This methodology includes the use of a small light trap as well as net sweeps, pitfall traps and scented traps. The methods have been used to sample insect species diversity patterns in three replicate one hectare plots each in twelve selected sites in the Uttara Kannada district of Kamataka, India. During this case study, we have encountered 16,852 adult individuals belooging to 1,789 species. 219 families and 19 orders of insects. Here, we provide evidence that this methodology is adequate for sampling insects and differentiating habitats on the basis of the distribution of insect species. Some interesting biological problems that tropical ecologists can study with the data generated from the application of these methods are also briefIy illustrated.

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