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Abundance and Diversity of Odonates in Different Habitats of Barpeta District, Assam, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, M.C. College, Barpeta, 781301, Assam, INDIA Gauhati University,
  • 2Guwahati, Assam 781014, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 4, Issue (9), Pages 17-27, September,10 (2015)

Abstract

A total of 45 species of Odonata including 29 species under 3 families of Anisoptera and 16 species under 3 families of Zygoptera were recorded in four different types of habitats in Barpeta district of Assam during two years (2012 and 2013) of survey. 38 species were recorded from habitats near ponds and rivers, 39 from near beels and 41 species were recorded from open tracts of land. 7 species were recorded from three different types of habitats; 3 species were recorded from two types and 4 species were recorded from two habitat types. 32 species were recorded in all the four habitat types. The most abundant Anisopteran species in ponds was Diplacodes trivalis; in beels and rivers it was Rhyothemis variegate variegate, and Pantala flavescens was most abundant in open tracts. Among the Zygopteran species the most abundant was Ceriagrion coromandelianum in all the habitats. Shannon-Weiner index (H') was 3.323 in ponds , followed by 3.310 in open tracts of land, 3.243 in rivers and 3.305 in Beels or lakes. Margalef’s richness (DMg) index was found to be 6.47 in open tracts; 6.36 in river banks 6.12 in beels and 5.65 in ponds. The Jaccard’s similarity index (Cj) was 0.88 between beel and river and 0.80 between pond and open tracts.

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