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Distribution and diversity of pentatomidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) in Ranchi, Jharkhand

Seema Kesharia* and Indu Mahtob
aDepartment of Zoology, R.L.S.Y. College, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.
bDepartment of Zoology, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.
Received : 12th October, 2017 ; Revised :16th December,2017

Abstract : Biodiversity conservation and management are worldwide concern. They play a vital role as prey and predator to maintain the balance of tropic levels for food chain. Pentatomids are potential biocontrol agents but being sapsuckers they play an important role to attain the pest status and damage the host plants. In the present study an attempt has been taken to know about the diversity and distribution of Pentatomids in Ranchi at different locations. All together eleven species were recorded from various study sites and diversity richness has been determined by using Shannon Weiner index in different study zones.

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