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Landscape and Ecological Engineering

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 13–23 | Cite as

Identifying corridors for landscape connectivity using species distribution modeling of Hydnocarpus kurzii (King) Warb., a threatened species of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot

  • Koushik Majumdar
  • Dibyendu Adhikari
  • Badal Kumar Datta
  • Saroj Kanta BarikEmail author
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Abstract

Modeling habitat corridors for landscape connectivity may serve as an efficient tool for assisting the colonization of threatened and endemic species in the event of environmental change. We demonstrate this through a population survey, species distribution modeling, and the least cost path method. As an example, we used Hydnocarpus kurzii (King) Warb., a threatened and endemic medicinal tree species distributed in the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot covering northeast India, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. We assessed its population in the wild and characterized its current habitats. We also predicted its potential habitats and modeled the connectivity between its potential habitats in the state of Tripura, northeast India. Overall, 18 wild populations of the species comprising 36 mature trees were recorded from glen and upland habitats. About 4 % (~ 443 km2) of the total area of Tripura is predicted to be suitable for H. kurzii. Maxent outputs duly validated by field surveys revealed that the habitat corridors are concentrated mostly in the hill tracts, and that glen types of habitat offer suitable ecological conditions for the species compared to uplands. All the identified areas can form connective corridors among the existing populations. Since ~ 84 % of this suitable area has > 50 % tree cover, these corridors should effectively assist the threatened and endemic plant species in propagule dispersal and support its regeneration and establishment.

Keywords

Population inventory Habitat distribution modeling Habitat corridor Maxent Isolated habitat Least cost path method 

Notes

Acknowledgement

This work was supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, under a grant received through DBT Network Project no. BT/Env/BC/01/2010; Sub-Project 3C and Sub-Project 15. We are grateful to Samir Kumar Debnath, Abhijit Sarkar and Montosh Roy for their scientific assistance during the field inventory. Our gratitude is extended to Dr. A. K. Gupta (IFS), PCCF, Tripura Forest Department for his permission and cooperation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koushik Majumdar
    • 1
  • Dibyendu Adhikari
    • 2
  • Badal Kumar Datta
    • 1
  • Saroj Kanta Barik
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BotanyTripura UniversitySuryamaninagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyNorth-Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia
  3. 3.CSIR-National Botanical Research InstituteLucknowIndia

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