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The endemic butterflies of Madagascar threatened with extinction




The endemic butterflies of Madagascar threatened with extinction
The forests of Madagascar of a unique biodiversity fall prey to massive deforestations. Slash and burn cultivation and production of wood charcoal have decimated over a wide area of the ecological lung the Big Island.

This fallow land on a large scale bring in their wake a threat of extinction of several species of Malagasy butterflies including some endemics one, as related lexpressmada.com.

"Over 30% of butterfly families are endangered. Four Malagasy endemic species which are in museum collections since the 1800s remain unaccounted for. They are wiped out now ... The urgency today is the protection of forests. Indeed more than 70% of butterfly species are located in the East and North of the country", says a distinguished

Italian expert who hosted a conference on the subject at the University of Antananarivo.
Of the 299 species of butterflies listed in Madagascar, 211 of them exist only in Madagascar.



Antso Rajaona


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