Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 1917–1925 | Cite as

Mapping the geographic distribution of Aglaia bourdillonii Gamble (Meliaceae), an endemic and threatened plant, using ecological niche modeling

  • M. Irfan-UllahEmail author
  • Giriraj Amarnath
  • M. S. R. Murthy
  • A. Townsend Peterson
Original Paper


Aglaia bourdillonii is a plant narrowly endemic to the southern portion of the Western Ghats (WG), in peninsular India. To understand its ecological and geographic distribution, we used ecological niche modeling (ENM) based on detailed distributional information recently gathered, in relation to detailed climatic data sets. The ENMs successfully reconstructed key features of the species’ geographic distribution, focusing almost entirely on the southern WG. Much of the species’ distributional potential is already under protection, but our analysis allows identification of key zones for additional protection, all of which are adjacent to existing protected areas. ENM provides a useful tool for understanding the natural history of such rare and endangered species.


Aglaia bourdillonii GARP Niche modeling Southern Western Ghats Species distribution modeling 



We acknowledge the support of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. The Ford Foundation and Hewlett Packard. The Authors 2 and 3 thank Director NRSA, for extending his support and encouragement, The Author 2 also acknowledges Rufford Small Grant, Rufford Foundation U.K. for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Irfan-Ullah
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giriraj Amarnath
    • 2
  • M. S. R. Murthy
    • 2
  • A. Townsend Peterson
    • 3
  1. 1.Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)BangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Forestry and Ecology DivisionNational Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA)HyderabadIndia
  3. 3.Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research CenterThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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