By: Silvia Mecenero(Editor), Jonathan B Ball(Editor), Dave A Edge(Editor), Michelle L Hamer(Editor), Graham A Henning(Editor), Martin A Krüger(Editor), Ernest L Pringle(Editor), Reinier F Terblanche(Editor), Mark C Williams(Editor)
676 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps, colour tables
Unless the distributions and Red List status of species are known, conservation planning is impossible. Conservation Assessment of Butterflies of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland: reports the outcomes of the most important biodiversity conservation project for butterflies ever undertaken in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. It contains an updated Red List for all 794 butterfly species and subspecies in the region. Each conservation assessment account is supported by a map showing the range of the species. These maps are based on the comprehensive butterfly distribution database assembled during this project. Each butterfly species has a colour photograph to enable identification. Introductory chapters provide details on the methods employed, a discussion on the conservation status of and threats to the butterflies in Conservation Assessment of Butterflies of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland: region, future priorities for butterfly conservation and research, and guidelines on how this publication should be used by various stakeholders. The broad range of information as well as the informative and beautiful illustrations presented here makes this a publication which will be useful to everyone, from conservation planners and managers, researchers, professional and amateur lepidopterists, legislators, environmental consultants and members of the public.
There are 657 species of butterflies in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Some of the species have subspecies, and it was at the level of subspecies that this conservation assessment was undertaken. Thus 794 taxa were assessed. Three are "Extinct" and 14 are "Critically Endangered" and four of these 14 are considered to be "Possibly Extinct." Another 27 taxa are classified as "Endangered," 19 as "Vulnerable," five as "Near Threatened" and nine as "Data Deficient." The remaining 717 taxa are "Least Concern."
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