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Official Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
1997, Metamorphosis Volume 8, Issue 6: 11 - 27
Publication Date : 1997-12-31
Author/s : Richard I Vane-Wright

Title :

African Lepidopterology at the millennium

Abstract :

Following a brief discussion of the importance of Lepidoptera in relation to human welfare and the so-called 'biodiversity crisis', an overview of our limited understanding of their diversity in the Afrotropics is presented.  After 250 years, how far have we got with the task of knowing Africa's butterflies and moths?  How many families and species of Lepidoptera exist within the limits of the Afrotropical Region?  Given the urgent need for effective conservation planning and management, it is evident that we should make a concerted effort to assess the Lepidoptera of Africa through the catalogue-revision cycle, and make this knowledge available through new and improved field and laboratory guides.  Some ways in which information technology can help with these tasks are outlined.  With appropriate systems and good leadership, vital data on the distribution and biology of Africa's many thousands of butterflies and moths can be gathered and analysed on a large scale.  Such a programme is fundamental to any serious attempt to ensure survival of the full diversity of African Lepidoptera, through the 21st century and beyond.

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