Biodiversity Archive

9 Dec 2010

Corticolous lichens as indicators of forest management regimes in the Dotalugala area of Knuckles mountain range – Sri Lanka

G. Weerakoon1, S. Somaratne2, P.A. Wolseley3 and S.C. Wijeyaratne1 1Department of Botany, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka 2Department of Botany, The Open University of Sri Lanka 3Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom Lichens
9 Dec 2010

Invasive alien species in Indian ornamental industry

S. Rameshkumar, K. Manivannan, C.T. Sathappan and J. Padmanaban Annamalai University, India Quantum jump of increase in the awareness about global warming and environmental pollution made the mind set of industries, institutions, corporate and even common man
22 Mar 2010

Diversity and distribution of mangrove flora in the Attaragoda wetland, Galle with some notes on avifauna

B. Jayasekara1, I.R. Wedage2 and P. N. Dayawansa2 Attaragoda is a mangrove wetland situated in the Southern Coast (Latitude: 6° 1′ 60N, Longitude: 80° 15′ 0E), 3km outside Galle. This luxuriant patch of mangrove forest faces immense
22 Mar 2010

Diversity of medicinal plants in the Mihinthale sanctuary

A. Herath1, C. Karunanayake1 and S. Wijesundara2 Sri Lanka contains an enormous biodiversity of medicinal plants. Flora of Sri Lanka reports that there are 3368 angiosperms in Sri Lanka, out of which 20% are medicinal. There is
22 Mar 2010

Herpetofaunal diversity and distribution in Kalugala proposed forest reserve in Sri Lanka

W.M.S. Botejue and J. Wattewidanage This study reports species richness, abundance and diversity of herpetofauna in the Kalugala Proposed Forest Reserve (KPFR). KPFR is a primary lowland tropical rain forest, surrounded by secondary and disturbed vegetation due
17 Mar 2010

How do Sri Lankan shrub frogs Philautus popularis spend their night time: Field observations from Bolgoda wetland complex

H.G.S.K. Dayananda and D.D. Wickramasinghe Sri Lanka is an amphibian hot spot providing home for 109 species. Nevertheless, studies on ecology and biology of amphibians of Sri Lanka are scarce and behaviour of frogs has drawn even
17 Mar 2010

Distribution and population parameters of selected tree species in Gilimale and Kithulgala Forest Reserve

S. S. Ranathunga and B.M.P Singhakumara Field surveys have not been carried out in Sri Lanka to gather the population data on critically endangered tree species in their habitats. The population data on the critically endangered tree
17 Mar 2010

Baseline Survey on Biodiversity in up country tea estates in Sri Lanka

G.G.T. Chandrathilake1 Conventional tea plantation was assessed in terms of biodiversity in up country tea estates in Sri Lanka. A rapid survey was carried out to document the both faunal and floral diversity associated in selected nine
4 Mar 2010

Effects of carbofuran on survival and growth of Duttaphrynus melanostictus tadpoles

M.R. Wijesinghe, B.A.D.M.C. Jayatillake and W.D. Ratnasooriya This study investigated the impact of a commonly used carbamate pesticide, carbofuran, on survival, growth, development and activity of larvae of the Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus Schneider 1999. Continuous
4 Mar 2010

Diversity and microhabitats of termites in a natural and a secondary forest in Hantane hills, Kandy District

I.I. Hemachandra, 1,2, J.P. Edirisinghe 1, W.A.I.P. Karunaratne 1, C.V.S. Gunatilleke3 Termites (Isoptera) are the most important decomposers in tropical rain forests and are vital in maintaining nitrogen and carbon cycles. They are sensitive to disturbances, especially