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Odonataas Indicators of Riparian Ecosystem Health A Case Study From South Western Karnakata, India

Subramanian, KA and Ali, Samir and Ramachandra, TV (2008) Odonataas Indicators of Riparian Ecosystem Health A Case Study From South Western Karnakata, India. In: FRASERIA (N.S.), 7 .

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The influence of riparian land use on the diversity an~ distribution were investigated by sampling 113 localities covering 4 districts in south-western Karnataka. A total of 55 species in 12 families were recorded. Streams, rivers and lakes had higher diversity than marshes and sea coast. However, lakes had low endemism than streams and rivers. Streams flowing through evergreen forests had higher diversity and endemism. Human impacted riparian zones such as paddy fields had relatively lower species richness. However, streams flowing through forestry plantations had higher diversity than other natural riparian zones such as dry deciduous, moist deciduous and semi evergreen forests. Myristica swamps-a relict evergreen forest marsh had low diversity and high endemism. Odonate communities of lentic ecosystems, and human impacted streams and rivers were characterized by widespread generalist species. Endemics and habitat specialists were. restricted to streams and rivers with undisturbed riparian zone. The study documents possible odonate community change due to human impact: The influence of riparian 'Ianduse change on odonate community is also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: FRASERIA (N.S.)
Keywords: Odonata;Riparian land use;Western Ghats
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 08:35
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2011 08:35
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/41320

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