Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2742

Full Length Research Paper

Diversity and abundance of insect species at Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve, Selangor

  Khadijah A. R., Azidah A. A.* and Meor S. R.  
  1Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 22 February 2013
  •  Published: 04 March 2013

Abstract

 

A study was conducted on the diversity and abundance of insect species at Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve in order to determine the richness of the forest insect fauna. A total of 774 insects from 13 Orders and 79 Families were recorded. This study shows that Coleoptera (42.63%), Hymenoptera (17.96%), Diptera (10.08%) and Orthoptera (10.85%) were the most dominant Orders in the Forest Reserve. The highest insect diversity was observed in Diptera (Shannon’s, H’ = 2.67), while Dermaptera, Isoptera, Mantodea and Phasmatodea (Shannon’s, H’ = 0.00) were the lowest. However, the highest insect evenness was observed in Blattodea (Evenness, E = 0.36). This study also found that the abundance of insects in Kembit zone was the highest (Margalef index, = 8.51) compared to other zone sites.

 

Key words: Insects, forest, diversity, abundance, evenness.