Rainfall but not selective logging affect changes in abundance of tropical forest butterfly in Sabah, Borneo

J., K. Hill and K., C. Hamer and Mohamed Dawood, Mahadimenakbar and J. Tangah, and V., K. Chey (2003) Rainfall but not selective logging affect changes in abundance of tropical forest butterfly in Sabah, Borneo. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 19 (1). pp. 35-42. ISSN 0266-4674

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Abstract

We investigated the effects of rainfall on the distribution and abundance of the satyrine butterfly Ragadia makuta in selectively logged and unlogged forest on Borneo. In 1997-98, there was a severe El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) drought, and annual surveys over a 4-y period showed that abundance of R. makuta was greatly reduced during the drought, but that populations quickly recovered after it. Monthly surveys over a 12-mo period of typical rainfall showed that high rainfall in the month preceding surveys significantly reduced butterfly abundance. Butterfly abundance and distribution did not differ between selectively logged and unlogged areas in either monthly or annual surveys and there was no difference between selectively logged and unlogged areas in the pattern of post-drought recovery. These results indicate that the abundance of R. makuta was significantly reduced both after high rainfall and during severe drought, but that these impacts were short-lived and were not affected by habitat disturbance. ENSO droughts on Borneo naturally often lead to widespread forest fires and thus impacts of ENSO events for butterflies are more likely to be due to indirect effects of habitat loss, rather than direct effects of drought on butterfly population dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change, Drought, ENSO, Habitat disturbance, Lepidoptera, Ragadia makuta, Satyrinae
Subjects: ?? QL461-599.82 ??
Divisions: SCHOOL > Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email storage.bpmlib@ums.edu.my
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 03:30
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 07:49
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/590

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