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Short Communication - International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology (2022) Volume 10, Issue 11


Selvaraj selvamurugan*

Department of Clinical Development Service Agency, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute Building (THSTI), Faridabad-121001, India

Corresponding Author:
Selvaraj Selvamurugan
Department of Clinical Development Service Agency
Translational Health Science and Technology Institute Building (THSTI)
Faridabad-121001, India

Received: 13-Oct-2022, Manuscript No. IJPAZ-22-76928; Editor assigned: 14-Oct-2022, PreQC No. IJPAZ-22-76928(PQ); Reviewed: 28-Oct-2022, QC No. IJPAZ-22-76928; Revised: 03-Nov-2022, Manuscript No. IJPAZ-22-76928(R); Published: 10-Nov-2022, DOI: 10.35841/2320-9585-10.11.154

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In present study carried out the butterflies’ 34 species and 5 families, Birds 24 species, 5 order and 13 families and Dragonfly 13 species and 3 families is recorded. The present study location is also facing tremendous conservation challenges by the impact of anthropogenic alteration of the habitats in and around the lake. In this paper showing a baseline data of butterfly, birds and Odonatas.


Lepidoptera, Odonata, Avifauna, Diversity, Lake Ecology, Wetlands.


Aquatic ecosystems are important one which provide livelihoods for the millions of people who live around them. Man depends ponds for most of his needs like fishing, agriculture, irrigation, and other domestic purposes. Ponds are playing a very good role in rain harvesting, storage of water and regulation of ground water level. So in order to maintain the ground water level we must conserve ponds and pond habitat [1]. The order Lepidoptera is divided into two suborders viz., Heterocera (Moths) and Rhopalocera (Butterflies). So far, about 1,57,424 species of Lepidoptera have been described globally [2]. There are about 18,000 species of butterflies in the world and India has 1,501 species of butterflies [3]. The Western Ghats harbours around 330 species of butterflies. The main causes for the decline of butterfly populations are deforestation, habitat destruction for urbanization, industrialization and agriculture causes changes in temperature, humidity and rainfall. Prevalence of unfavorable weather conditions often affect habitat suitability leading to local extinction of butterflies. Unfortunately developmental activities and resulting habitat fragmentation create threats to the survival of butterflies worldwide.

India is a home of many species of birds including local as well as migrant birds. Water birds are ecologically dependent on wetlands. They play an important role in human life on culturally, socially, scientifically and as a food resource. The Indian subcontinent supports diverse avifauna (1370 species i.e. 13% of the world’s birds) and which includes 141 endemic species [4]. Tamil Nadu is known for its rich diversity of avifauna with more than 450 species including several endemic and conservation prioritized species [5]. Wetlands and water birds are inseparable elements; wetlands are serve as a reservoir for sustaining native flora and fauna [6]. The aquatic birds are important bio-indicators of lake ecosystems which should be protected to conserve the biodiversity and environment [7].

Wetlands in India face tremendous anthropogenic pressure mainly due to the release of domestic sewage, industrial effluents, dumping of solid waste, over-exploitation of the natural resources and conversion of wetlands into barren lands. This resulted in biodiversity loss and disturbance of the wetland services [8]. This loss of wetlands has dangerously reduced the availability stopover sites for migrating birds and has increased the importance of remaining wetlands to migrants as well as nesting species.

Odonates are playing an important role in climate change mainly due to evolutionary history and its adaptations. Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) are gorgeous aquatic insects distributed throughout the world. Globally, 5952 species of Odonates under 652 genera have been reported. In India, 474 species and 50 subspecies which belongs to 142 genera and 18 families were recorded [9].

The aim of current study is to find out the current status of butterflies, birds and Odonatas in kadaichanenthal lake and The study was also intended to generate baseline reference data to evolve a suitable for Healthy ecosystem.

Study area

Kadachanendhal (9.9248537, 78.1450406) is a Locality in Madurai West City in Tamil Nadu State, India (Figure 1). Showing the lake of kadaichanenthal (Figure 2). Showing the growing of weeds and lotus. Butterflies and Birds were primarily identified directly in the field by observation and use of the field guide. The difficult cases followed capture or photography of the species. This wetland provides water for fishing activities or aquacultural practice as well as irrigation to surrounding agricultural lands.

Figure 1: Study area-kadaichanenthal lake(kanmai).

Figure 2: A view of growing weeds and lotus in kadaichanenthal lake.

Results and discussion

A total of butterflies 34 species and 5 families were recorded from the study area (Table 1). The family is are Hesperiidae (5 species), Lycanidae (6 species), Nymphalidae (14 species ), Papilionidae(4 species), Pieridae (5 species) (Figure 3). In many ecologically stable communities, plants have a strong role in the determination of the structure of the community and the eventual faunal survival in it [10]. The growth rate of Lepidopteran individuals depend on the host plants with constitute the nutritional composition of the insects. For butterflies, it is important to have sufficient food sources for caterpillars and adults. We need to focus on species diversity and representation of flowering plants in the habitat. Localities should have a minimum size (which is different for each species) and should not be too far apart from each other to prevent populations from isolation. Only like that they will be able to function properly and maintain the necessary number of individuals and genetic diversity, which is necessary for theirs sustainable development [11].

S.No Scientific name Common name Family
1 Aeromachus pygmaeus Fabricius Pygmy Scrub Hopper Hesperiidae
2 Amittia dioscorides Fabricius Bush Hopper Hesperiidae
3 Badamia exclamationis Fabricius Brown Awl Hesperiidae
4 Baoris farri Moore Paintbrush swift Hesperiidae
5 Borbo cinnara Wallace Rice Swift Hesperiidae
6 Lampides boeticus Linnaeus  Pea Blue Lycanidae
7 Talicada nyseus Guerin-Meneville Red Pierrot Lycanidae
8 Zizina otis Fabricius Lesser Grass Blue Lycanidae
9 Castalius rosimon Fabricius Common Pierrot Lycanidae
10 Chilades lajus Stoll  Lime Blue Lycanidae
11  Discolampa ethion Westwood Banded  Blue Pierrot Lycanidae
12 Euploea core Cramer Common Crow Nymphalidae
13 J. atlites Linnaeus Grey Pansy Nymphalidae
14 Danaus chrysipppus Linnaeus Plain Tiger Nymphalidae
15 J. iphita Cramer Chocolate Pansy Nymphalidae
16 J. hierta Fabricius Yellow Pansy Nymphalidae
17 J. orithiya Linnaeus Blue Pansy Nymphalidae
18  Lethe drypetis Hewitson Tamil Tree Brown Nymphalidae
19  L. rohria Fabricius Common Tree Brown Nymphalidae
20  Melanitis leda Linnaeus Common Evening Brown Nymphalidae
21  M. zitenius Herbst Great Evening Brown Nymphalidae
22  Moduza procris Cramer Commander Nymphalidae
23  Mycalesis patina Moore Gladeye Bush Brown Nymphalidae
24 Phalanta phalantha Drury Common Leopard Nymphalidae
25 Neptis hylas Linnaeus Common Sailer Nymphalidae
26 Belenois autrota Fabricius  Pioneer Pieridae
27 Catopsilia pyranthe Linnaeus Mottled Emigrant Pieridae
28 Delias eucharis Drury Common jezebel Pieridae
29 Hebomoia glaucippe Linnaeus Great Orange Tip Pieridae
30 Leptosia nina Fabricius Psych Pieridae
31 G. doson C.&R. Felder Common Jay Papilionidae
32 P. memnon Linnaeus Blue Mormon Papilionidae
33 Papilio demoleus Linnaeus Lime Butterfly Papilionidae
34 Atrophaneura aristolochiae Fabricius Common Rose Papilionidae

Table 1. Butterfly diversity  of water lake (kanmai) kadaichanenthal at Madurai district, Tamil Nadu.

Figure 3: Distribution of families of Butterflies in kadaichanenthal lake (kanmai).

The most important threat to butterfly diversity is urbanization. Complete eradication of greenery in an area drives the butterfly population away since there is a lack of food and reduced chances to increase the progeny. Human activities have an undeniably strong influence on the biodiversity of all existing species. Due to the availability of varied sources of feed as well as foraging, the rich diversity of the birds were documented during the present study. The wetlands provides heterogeneous feeding habits to avifauna [12].Wetland habitat by supporting different food sources like planktons, fishes and invertebrates, further adding to the diversity of the wetlands [13]. The present study area of kadaichanenthal lake recorded of birds 24 species, 5 order and 13 families (Table 2). The family wise distribution stutes recorded families are Ardeidae (4 species), Charadriidae(3 species) Ciconiidae(1 species), Columbidae(2 Species), Muscicapidae (4species), Motacillidae (2 species), Dicuridae (2species), by following families are only one species recorded Laridae, Passeridae (1species), Phasianidae, Phoenicopteridae, Rallidae, Threskiornithidae (Figure 4).

S.No Common Name Scientific name Order Family
1 Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus Galliformes Phasianidae
2 White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus Gruiformes Rallidae
3 Blue Rock Pigeon Columba livia Columbiformes Columbidae
4 Little Brown Dove Little Brown Dove Columbiformes Columbidae
5 Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus Passeriformes Dicuridae
6 Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus Passeriformes Dicuridae
7 Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva Passeriformes Muscicapidae
8 Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae Passeriformes Muscicapidae
9 Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis Passeriformes Muscicapidae
10 Indian Robin Copsychus fulicatus Passeriformes Muscicapidae
11 House Sparrow Passer domesticus Passeriformes Passeridae
12 Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Passeriformes Motacillidae
13 White Wagtail Motacilla alba Passeriformes Motacillidae
14 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Ciconiiformes Ardeidae
15 Pond Heron Ardeola grayii Ciconiiformes Ardeidae
16 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Ciconiiformes Ardeidae
17 Large Egret Ardae alba Ciconiiformes Ardeidae
18  Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala Ciconiiformes Ciconiidae
19 Black Ibis Pseudibis papillosa Ciconiiformes Threskiornithidae
20 Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus Ciconiiformes Phoenicopteridae
21 Redwattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus Gruiformes Charadriidae
22 Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malabaricus Gruiformes Charadriidae
23 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius Gruiformes Charadriidae
24 Indian River Tern Sterna aurantia Gruiformes Laridae

Table 2. Avifauna of water lake (kanmai) kadaichanenthal at Madurai district, Tamil Nadu.

Figure 4: Distribution of families of Birds in kadaichanenthal lake (kanmai).

Many researchers done related work such as recorded Ardeidae to be the most dominant family in Bharathpuzha river basin in Kerala, and Surana recorded Anatidae to be the most dominant family in Chimdi lake Nepal [14]. Also the avifaunal diversity was studied by different authors from Maharashtra state such as recorded 78 species from Pohara- Malkhed forest reservoir of Amravati district, recorded 74 species from two freshwater lakes of Washim district, recorded 68 species from Chhatri lake of Amravati district, reported 72 species from Nagpur city, recorded 126 species from Navegaon national park from Gondia district, recorded 52 species from Shrungarbandh lake in Gondia district, recorded 131 species from Bhayander and Naigaon wetlands in Thane district, reported 27 species from Zaliya lake in Gondia district [15-20]. Durairaj reported 117 species from Thiruthalaiyur Lake Tiruchirapalli Forest Division, Tamil Nadu [21]. reported 51 species from Komaranahalli Lake, Davanagere District, Karnataka [22].

In present study reported in kadaichanenthal Lake Odanates are 13 species (Table 3). The family wise status are Aeshnidae (3 species), Coenagrionidae (4 species), Libellulidae (6 species), (Figure 5). Followed by 419 individuals under 4 families, 9 genera and 10 species of Odonata were recorded in Palni Hills of Western Ghats in tamilnadu. Among the Odonata families, Libellulidae was speciose (5 species) followed by Euphaeidae (2 species), Chlorocyphidae (1 species),Coenagrionidae (1 species) and Aeshnidae (1 species).

S.No Scientific name Common name Family
1 Brachythemis contaminata Ditch jewel Libellulidae     
2 Crocothemis servilia Ruddy Marsh Hawk Libellulidae
3 Diplocodes trivialis Ground Skimmer Libellulidae
4 Pantala flavescens Wandering Glider Libellulidae
5 Urothemis signata Greater Crimson Glider Libellulidae
6 Rhyothemis variegata Common picture wing Libellulidae
7 Pseudagrion  microcephalum Blue river damsel Coenagrionidae
8 Ischnura aurora Golden darlet Coenagrionidae
9 andering midget Wandering midget Coenagrionidae
10 Ischnura senegalensis Marsh blue tail Coenagrionidae
11 Anax   guttatus pale-spotted emperor Aeshnidae
12 Gynacantha bayadera parakeet darner Aeshnidae
13 Anax  immaculifrons blue darner Aeshnidae

Table 3. Odonata of water lake (kanmai) kadaichanenthal at Madurai district, Tamil Nadu.

Figure 5: Distribution of families of odanates in kadaichanenthal lake (kanmai).

Environmental factors like water quality, altitude and nutrient supplements influenced the diversity of aquatic fauna and also showed great impact on species richness [23]. Several investigators have reported that dragonflies and damselflies are very common in rice agroecosystem. Kandibane have recorded 12 species of Odonata under three families in rice fields of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. More than 70 per cent species belonging to these families that occur in India are endemic to Western Ghats [24]. Libellulidae and Gomphidae are well-distributed Anisopteran members across Indian subcontinent, with few species restricted to Western Ghats and/or northeast India [25- 27]. It is opined that in place wherever deforestation, canalization of water bodies, urbanization, industrial development and disturbance of the natural cropping systems with agrochemicals was seen, dominance of Libellulidae was observed [28,29].


The study documents the rich avifauna shows that the area still provides some potential habitats for declining population of the species. Study area is situated near the city. So it has high human interference. Anthropogenic activities may be the reason for depressed species diversity. Unfortunately, these regions are getting invalid by commercial activity due to urbanization. There is a need to monitor this area systematically with focused study and a conservation plan should be under taken by the government to save the urban species and their sustainable production.


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