publication . Other literature type . Article . 2010

More than just indicators: A review of tropical butterfly ecology and conservation

Timothy Carlton Bonebrake; Ponisio, Lc; Boggs, Cl; Ehrlich, Pr;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2010
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Roughly 90% of butterfly species live in the tropics. Despite this, we know very little about tropical butterfly ecology particularly when compared to temperate butterfly systems. The relative scarcity of data on tropical butterfly populations hampers our ability to effectively conserve them. In this review we summarize recurring themes from ecological research on tropical butterflies to serve as a framework for understanding their conservation. Key themes include: (1) the tropics represent the evolutionary origins of butterfly diversity, (2) while some tropical butterflies exhibit relatively stable population dynamics, longer-lived adult stages, and more contin...
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