Towards a functional resource-based concept for habitat: a butterfly biology viewpoint
Article first published online: 4 JUL 2003
Volume 102, Issue 2, pages 417–426, August 2003
How to Cite
(2003), Towards a functional resource-based concept for habitat: a butterfly biology viewpoint. Oikos, 102: 417–426. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0579.2003.12492.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUL 2003
- Article first published online: 4 JUL 2003
The habitat is the basic unit for developments in life history, population dynamics, landscape ecology and conservation of organisms. It is frequently treated as a particulate, invariant and homogeneous entity (a patch). Here we examine the implications of using this concept of habitat in butterfly biology. In doing so, we suggest the alternative approach of applying a functional resource-based concept of habitat. This recognises the fundamental requirements of organisms, consumables and utilities, the latter describing suitable environmental conditions as well as essential substrates. We argue that a resource-based concept is critical for butterfly conservation and call for the development of a resource database on butterfly biology.