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Current Status of Faunal Diversity in Bellawila-Attidiya Sanctuary, Colombo District - Sri Lanka

Authors:

DMS Suranjan Karunarathna ,

Nature Exploration & Education Team, Moratuwa, LK
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AA Thasun Amarasinghe,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Dinesh E Gabadage,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Mohomed M Bahir,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Lee E Harding

SciWrite Environmental Sciences Ltd., Coquitlam, British Columbia, CA
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Abstract

The present survey shows the biodiversity decline in Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary (BAS). A total of 152 species of vertebrates and 75 species of butterflies are recorded from BAS. Sixteen of these species are endemic, and five of them are nationally threatened. Vertebrates represent 11 amphibians, 27 reptiles, 22 fresh water fishes, 78 birds and 14 mammal species. Habitat destruction, industrial toxic waste and garbage dumping are the major threats to the biota of the BAS.

Key words: Wetland; Biodiversity decline; Threats; Endangered species; Colombo; Conservation

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v2i1.2706

TAPROBANICA, April, 2010. Vol. 02, No. 01: pp. 48-63
How to Cite: Karunarathna, D.S. et al., (2011). Current Status of Faunal Diversity in Bellawila-Attidiya Sanctuary, Colombo District - Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 2(1), pp.48–63. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v2i1.2706
Published on 19 Jan 2011.
Peer Reviewed

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