Vol 5 No 9 (2019): International Journal For Research In Applied And Natural Science (ISSN: 2208-2085)
Articles

High Altitude Papilionoidea (Lepidoptera) Of Tsaghkunyatc mountains In Armenia and their diversity along the altitudinal gradient

Noushig Zarikian
Center of Zoology and Hydroecology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Hasmik G. Khachatryan
Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. P. Sevak Street 7, 0014, Yerevan, Armenia
Mark Yu. Kalashyan
Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. P. Sevak Street 7, 0014, Yerevan, Armenia
Published October 7, 2019
Keywords
  • Abundance,
  • Armenia,
  • even¬ness,
  • Diversity,
  • Papilionoidea,
  • Species richness
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Zarikian, N., Hasmik G. Khachatryan, & Mark Yu. Kalashyan. (2019). High Altitude Papilionoidea (Lepidoptera) Of Tsaghkunyatc mountains In Armenia and their diversity along the altitudinal gradient. International Journal For Research In Applied And Natural Science (ISSN: 2208-2085), 5(9), 15-26. Retrieved from https://gnpublication.org/index.php/ans/article/view/1132

Abstract

This study tries to link the butterfly species diveristy along the altitudinal span of Tsaghkunyatc mountain in Armenia. Butterflies were collected from March to October 2015-2017. A checklist of 129 species is given and their abundances/diversity was calculated for 10 altitudinal zones. This revealed that the relationship between the observed numbers and abundance of butterfly species and and altitude follows hump-shaped curve  – i.e the highest diversity in the mid elevation. A significant relationship was recorded between the altitude and the species richness and abundance and the relation followed the usual hump-shaped curve. However, the diversity and evenness indexes did not follow the hump-shaped pattern, but yielded a semi-constant relation with altitude. This could be explained by the existence of several species that typicaly found only on the highest altitudes. These results could be applied for habitat management in general and especially for planning of Protected Areas in this region.

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