Ashwini V Mohan

Ashwini V Mohan
Natural History Museum, London · Department of Life Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Publications (15)
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The Indian egg-eater (Elachistodon westermanni) is a monotypic species of the Genus Elachistodon distributed across the Indian sub-continent. In Africa, there are 13 species of egg-eating snakes of the Genus Dasypeltis. These two genera, Elachistodon and Dasypeltis were thought to be closely related due to similar diet specialization, and shared bi...
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Limited gene flow between populations due to geographic distance, presence of barriers or inherent low dispersal ability leads to the formation of genetically structured populations. Strong population structure indicates lowered levels or absence of gene flow which might lead to inbreeding and loss of genetic capacity to recuperate from anthropogen...
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Phelsuma guttata and Paroedura gracilis are two species of geckos endemic to lowland and mid-elevation rainforests of the northern half of Madagascar's rainforest band. To test for concordant phylogeographic patterns in the two species and to assess intraspecific phylogeny and genetic diversity, we sequenced DNA from two mitochondrial genes (16S an...
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The Andaman day gecko (Phelsuma andamanensis) is endemic to the Andaman Archipelago, located ~ 6000 km away from Madagascar where the genus Phelsuma likely evolved. We complemented existing phylogenetic data with additional markers to show that this species consistently branches off early in the evolution of the genus Phelsuma, and this early origi...
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Herpetology in India took off during the British colonial rule with the documentation of herpetofauna. Several studies have outlined the early history of Indian herpetology; however, few have traced the growth of this field since India's independence. We analyse trends in Indian herpetology focusing on taxa, subfields, and authorship over the last...
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Temperature-induced developmental plasticity could allow amphibian larvae to complete metamorphosis successfully despite new thermal challenges and increased desiccation risk due to climate change. Here we investigated how the capacity for temperature-induced developmental plasticity varies with latitude and whether population-specific biogeographi...
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The 71 currently known species of dwarf geckos of the genus Lygodactylus are a clade of biogeographic interest due to their occurrence in continental Africa, Madagascar, and South America. Furthermore, because many species are morphologically cryptic, our knowledge of species-level diversity within this genus is incomplete, as indicated by numerous...
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A polymath and ahead of his time, Alexander von Humboldt had numerous interests and insights that have shaped modern science. His holistic viewpoint on nature founded the principles of several branches of sciences such as comparative biology, ecology, and biogeography, and inspired scientists who went on to make notable contributions during and aft...
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Altered environments in urban areas are known to impact and change animal behaviour. In particular, artificial light at night (ALAN) affects behaviour across taxonomic groups, including reptiles. Geckos in the genus Phelsuma are predominantly diurnal, but some have been documented to alter their foraging behaviour from a diurnal to nocturnal activi...
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We describe a new species of rock-dwelling gecko, Hemidactylus paaragowlipaaragowli sp. nov., from the Agastyamalai Hill Range, in the southern Western Ghats. Morphological and molecular data support the distinctiveness of the species and its close relationship to other large-bodied, tuberculate Hemidactylus spp. from the H. prashadi group from Ind...
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The species of Pyrops Spinola, 1839 recorded from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are reviewed with a new species, P. azureus sp. nov. is described from North Andaman and recorded from South Andaman and Long Island based on photographs in nature. A distribution map of the species is given. The three Pyrops species currently known in the Archipelago...

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When I run 15 iterations/replicates for every value of K, results from all the 15 runs are not getting saved in the results directory. For some values of K, I get all 15 result files, but for some just 10 or 12. This is becoming a problem when I want to compare same number of runs across different Ks to get the Evanno's delta K values. It would be great if someone could suggest a solution.
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Taxonomic revision of the Fulgoridae from the Old World. Additional topics: distribution, biology, host plants, phenology...
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Through this project, we aim to recognize diversity of gecko species (different species and within species diversity between islands) found across the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We will utilize molecular phylogenetic and phylogeography tools to recognize genetic diversity among species and populations of geckos and prioritize diversity rich islands for conservation.