The butterflies of Borneo’s Upper Barito Watershed: A preliminary checklist and remarks on the importance of community managed forests in sustaining diversity

  • Peter R. Houlihan Department of Biology & McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
  • Junaidi Shalot Department of Forestry, Puruk Cahu, Murung Raya, Indonesia
  • Kursani Kursani Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities, Puruk Cahu, Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Pak Bani Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities, Puruk Cahu, Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Djunjati Peggie Department of Entomology, Museo Zoologicum Bogoriensis, Bogor, Indonesia
  • Rosichon Ubaidillah Department of Entomology, Museo Zoologicum Bogoriensis, Bogor, Indonesia
  • Susan M. Cheyne The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop), Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Dominic Rowland Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities, Puruk Cahu, Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Michael Zrust The Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK
  • Andrea Hoeing Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities, Puruk Cahu, Murung Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • Gregory F. Ball College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

Abstract

The hill and montane rainforests of central Borneo harbour high levels of biodiversity, including many threatened and endemic species. However, this region has been explored far more by extractive industry than scientists. To establish a baseline for biodiversity in the Murung Raya region of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, butterflies were surveyed during the dry season of 2011. Species lists presented here are the first of their kind for the upper reaches of the Murung River. Further study is necessary from additional seasons and localities to form a comprehensive understanding of the region’s butterfly fauna. Nevertheless, amidst ongoing landscape-wide change to this region, our preliminary results indicate the value of community-managed forests as refugia for sustaining biodiversity.

Published
2015-07-08
How to Cite
HOULIHAN, Peter R. et al. The butterflies of Borneo’s Upper Barito Watershed: A preliminary checklist and remarks on the importance of community managed forests in sustaining diversity. Journal of Indonesian Natural History, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 46-51, july 2015. ISSN 2685-5437. Available at: <http://jinh.fmipa.unand.ac.id/index.php/jinh/article/view/60>. Date accessed: 16 apr. 2024.
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Contributing Papers