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The leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) fauna of Mt. Manalmon in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines with reference to their host plants

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Jomar D. Hinolan, Mat Dexter F. Curva, Matt Brian P. Ong, Oliver R. Alaijos, Alfredo P. Carpio Jr

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 5), 414-423, May 2018


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Family Chrysomelidae is a highly speciose family that has been poorly studied in the Philippines. In this study, an inventory of chrysomelids was conducted in Mt. Manalmon within the protected area of Biak-na-Bato National Park located in San Miguel, Bulacan. Sampling was conducted seven (7) times in three (3) different elevations along vegetation within reach in a 200 m transect line using active collection method from August to November, 2017. A total of 250 specimens of Chrysomelidae were collected belonging to 4 subfamilies, 24 genera, and 30 species. Plants from which the leaf beetles were collected belong to 13 families, 19 genera, and 20 species. Species richness and abundance was highest in the lower montane and decreased with increasing altitude. Species diversity was highest in mid-montane (H’ = 1.954), followed by the lower montane (H’ = 1.935), and lowest in the upper elevation (H’ = 0.659). The diversity of the family in the mountain was greatly attributed to the rich composition of host plants in the area. The species richness and diversity of Chrysomelidae fauna in Mt. Manalmon provides a baseline data for the conservation and the role of leaf beetles as a model group in tropical biodiversity.


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