Butterflies of the Sundarbans: Chandpai and Sarankhola Ranges

Jiban Bikash Karjocrom (]BK) is happy to announce the publication of ‘Butterflies of the Sundarbans: Chandpai and Sarankhola Ranges’, a manuscript for the first time ever here in Bangladesh.

The Sundarbans, globally known as the home of the Royal Bengal Tigers, also is the home to an assortment of butterfly species. However, there is not much information available on butterflies of the Sundarbans.

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Under the umbrella of the Management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forests for Biodiversity Conservation and Increased Adaptation to Climate Change Project (SMP) in collaboration with Jiban Bikash Karjocrom (JBK), a survey with a holistic approach to learning about this colorful insect living in this tropical mangrove forest was carried out.

SMP is a project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. We would like to thank all the parties involved.

The book – Butterflies of the Sundarbans: Chandpai and Sarankhola Ranges – is being published to present the outcomes of what the survey team learned about the butterflies of Sundarbans over their 16-month effort.

Tie book features a description of 112 species of butterflies from 5 families on 112 color plates. More than 250 colour photographs of butterflies with ventral and dorsal views have been placed. The manuscript also exhibits 26 species of host plants for butterflies in the Sundarbans on 13 more plates. Tie description of species includes Scientific Name, Synonym(s), Wingspan, Flight Period in the Sundarbans, IUCN Bangladesh Status, IUCN Global Status, General Description, Country Distribution, Global Distribution, Larval Host Plant, Flight Pattern and Habitat.

In addition, for the first time, a report on the butterfly population of the study areas and impact on seasonal climate change on butterfly numbers has been incorporated in this book.
Tie book is a comprehensive chronicle of more than a hundred native Sundarbans butterfly species with a new country record and 53 new sightings for the Sundarbans biosphere.

The book is validated by an eminent entomologist, Professor Monwar Hossain, Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University.

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