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Diversity and checklist of tree species in Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management- Kerala (IIITM-K) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
  • 2Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management- Kerala (IIITM-K) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
  • 3Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala Forest Department (KFD), Thattekad, Kerala, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 6, Issue (10), Pages 11-22, October,10 (2017)

Abstract

The present study is a unique attempt to know more about the tree species in Thattekkadu bird sanctuary. Trees are the dominant plant group of Thattekkad bird sanctuary. To analysis the tree species, we prepare checklist of tree species and to study the diversity we calculated richness at level of genus and species. Our study reveals good results. This sanctuary contains 163 tree species which belong to 111 genera and 48 families. Family with maximum number of tree species includes Fabaceae with 16 tree species. 27.60 % tree species are endemics and considerable percentages of tree species are needed to be conserved. The finding of the study suggests that the forest of the sanctuary stands undisturbed and healthy. This forest area of the sanctuary could be managed and conserved for multi sectional uses like ecotourism, forest ecology, research and education rather than a Bird sanctuary.

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