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Diversity and status of Moth (Heterocera: Saturniidae) in Mt. Malambo, Datu Salumay, Marilog, Davao District, Philippines

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Dale Joy B. Mohagan, Reggie Y. Dela Cruz, Glenda Z. Doblas, Dave P. Mohagan, Alma B. Mohagan

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.11( 1), 210-215, July 2017


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The Saturniids are moths that are ecologically and economically important group of insects that are considered as source of silk. Aside from their ecological role as herbivores and prey for many other insects, their presence and abundance in a locality may tell us about their habitat, the abiotic effect independent species-host relationship, absence or presence of their food (host) and predator. There is no information regarding Saturniids from Mt. Malambo, Datu Salumay, Marilog District, Davao City. Thus, the goal of this paper is to provide information on species composition, ecological status and alpha diversity of the light attracted saturniids through light trapping that may serve as reference for prioritizing Mt. Malambo as a Protected Area. There are 12 species of Saturnids in Mt. Malambo. Seventy-five (75% ) were locally rare and  25% of the species caught were common, 66% of the species caught were Mindanao Endemic, 16 % were widely spread in South East Asian Countries, and 16% were reported as Island Endemic to Leyte (Cricula luzonica leyteana ssp) and Palawan (Samia treadawayi). These two are of new record in Mindanao. There are more species to be discovered based on the curve constructed by rarefaction.   Diversity index using Shannon-weiner index showed low (H’ log 10 = 0.978) but Simpson diversity index value is close to 1 which means it is good (D=0.875). This data suggests that environmental change would probably have serious effects and is likely to be damaging the habitat of saturniids and other inhabitants.


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