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The past and current status of endangered butterflies in Korea

Author:
CHOI, Sei‐Woong, KIM, Sung‐Soo
Source:
Entomological science 2012 v.15 no.1 pp. 1-12
ISSN:
1343-8786
Subject:
Formicidae, butterflies, forest succession, grasslands, habitat destruction, temperature, Korean Peninsula
Abstract:
Here we review the current situation of endangered butterflies in Korea and describe the causes of their decline. Because no details regarding the changes in butterfly populations across the country were available, we selected candidate butterfly species based on a score sheet sent to six specialists in Korea. Twenty species were finally selected and assessed. As a result, 3 critically endangered, 14 endangered and 3 vulnerable species were identified. We attempted to identify the possible causes of decline by addressing habitat loss (grassland or riparian grassland), forest succession, warmer temperature, over‐collecting and loss of symbiont ants. We discuss the causal factors with the current situation of butterfly populations in Korea.
Agid:
571304