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The Butterflies of Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia

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Title: The Butterflies of Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia
Authors: Buden, Donald W.
Miller, Jacqueline Y.
Issue Date: Jan 2003
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Buden DW, Miller JY. 2003. The butterflies of Pohnpei, eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia. Pac Sci 57(1): 1-8.
Abstract: Fourteen species of butterflies are recorded from Pohnpei, Micronesia,
seven for the first time. None is endemic to the island; all are widely distributed
in the western Pacific, including parts of Indo-Australia, with many
extending into or beyond southeastern Asia. A long history of plant introductions
and agricultural experimentation may have facilitated dispersal of butterflies
to the island and provided a broad selection of host plants for those
arriving otherwise unassisted. At least one, and possibly two or more, unidentified
species apparently confined to deep forest habitats were seen but not
collected during this study. Compared with the local odonate fauna, the butterflies
of Pohnpei differ in reaching their greatest abundance and species diversity
in the lowlands, in lacking endemic species, and probably in having a higher
turnover rate.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 57, Number 1, 2003

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