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Acta Biológica Colombiana

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AVILA-R, Liz  y  TRIVINO, Paola. Description of the Habitat of Four Species of the Genus Lymanopoda (LEPIDOPTERA: NYMPHALIDAE: SATYRINAE) in Páramo areas of Colombia. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2019, vol.24, n.1, pp.125-138. ISSN 0120-548X.

Butterflies of the Lymanopoda genus are typical of the high Andean ecosystem and they are characterized by having species of Chusquea genus as host plants. This research aims to present the habitat description of four species of Lymanopoda inhabiting in "páramo" areas of the Colombian Andes. The habitat description was based on searching butterflies in three localities; two at the "Cordillera Oriental" and another one at the "Cordillera Occidental". After, we explored the floristic composition of inhabiting areas by the Lymanopoda species and we registered data to calculate vegetation coverage and relative frequency of tree, shrub and herb layers. Such data made it possible to identify patterns in botanical physiognomy, structure and diversity of the vegetal coverages among the butterflies that were found. Our outcomes show that although the floristic composition between the four localities is different, the abundance distribution of species is related to limited dominance and high equitability. With regard to vegetation structure we found that shrub layer and Chusquea spp. Coverage is similar at an edge of the patches. Based on the results, we conclude that presence of Chusquea is essential to the assessed butterflies but also, they only reside inside diverse vegetation coverages (i.e. with limited dominance and high equitability) whit a botanical structure that includes tree, shrub and herb layers.

Palabras clave : Chusquea; conservation; habitat; Lymanopoda; paramo.

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