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v2i1.27
Volume 2 | Number 1 | December 2010 v2i1.27 taprobanica 2 1

v2i1.27

Volume 2 | Number 1 | December 2010
Major Article
ISSN: 1800-427X (print)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)
DOI:10.47605/tapro.v2i1.27

Submitted date: 29 March 2010
Accepted date: 20 April 2010
Published date: 30 December 2010
Pp. 48–63, Pls 2–3.

CURRENT STATUS OF FAUNAL DIVERSITY IN BELLANWILA – ATTIDIYA SANCTUARY, COLOMBO DISTRICT – SRI LANKA

D.M.S. Suranjan Karunarathna, A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe*, Dinesh E. Gabadage, Mohomed M. Bahir & Lee E. Harding
*Corresponding author. E-mail: thasun.taprobanica@gmail.com

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 : Biodiversity decline, Colombo, conservation, endangered species, threats, wetland

Section Editor: Upali Amarasinghe
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