C. Venkatraman

C. Venkatraman
Zoological Survey of India | ZSI · Mammal and Osteology

Doctor of Philosophy (Wildlife biology)

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This chapter provides an updated list of the mammalian fauna of the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve with their conservation status as per the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2019-1) and Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. A total of 15 species under 12 genera representing 9 families and 6 orders have been reported so far from this reserve,...
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The Nicobar treeshrew (Tupaia nicobarica) is an endangered small mammal endemic to the Nicobar Island of the Andaman Sea, India regarded as an alternative experimental animal model in biomedical research. The present study aimed to assemble the first mitochondrial genome of T. nicobarica to elucidate its phylogenetic position with respect to other...
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Establishing species identity in wildlife forensics and anthropology is pre-requisite fo prosecution of the legal cases and successful implementation of the regional laws and acts. However, identifying osteological collection, e.g., bones, skulls and skeleton of phylogenetically closely related species is a daunting task due to the taxonomic simila...
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Bryozoans are common commensal on hard surfaces and cover slow-moving animals like molluscans, sea turtles, brachyuran crabs, and horseshoe crabs. A total of six species of bryozoans belonging to four genus under three families of order Cheilostomaida were recorded encrusing on the carapaces of horseshoe crabs collected from Indian Sundarbans along...
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Bryozoans are common commensal on hard surfaces and cover slow-moving animals like molluscans, sea turtles, brachyuran crabs, and horseshoe crabs. A total of six species of bryozoans belonging to four genus under three families of order Cheilostomatida were recorded encrusting on the carapaces of horseshoe crabs collected from Indian Sundarbans alo...
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This study gives a systematic description of six bryozoans species such as Hippopodina iririkiensis (Tilbrook, 1999), Smittipora harmeriana (Canu & Bassler, 1929), Drepanophora indica (Hayward, 1988), Calyptotheca hastingsae (Harmer1957), Tarsocryptus laboriosa (Tilbrook, 2006) and Poricella robusta (Hinck 1884) supported by Scanning Electron Micro...
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Identifying species from various confiscated material is a prerequisite and of utmost importance to extend support to the law enforcement agencies in curbing illegal wildlife trade and prosecution of the cases in the court of law. Cranio and odontometric measurements have been used in developing characters for ascertaining species identity from the...
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The Nicobar treeshrew ( Tupaia nicobarica ) is an endangered smaller mammal endemic to the Nicobar Island of the Andaman Sea, India regarded as an alternative experimental animal model in biomedical research. The present study aimed to assemble the first mitochondrial genome of T. nicobarica to elucidate evolutionary relationship. The structure and...
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The present observational evidence that the weaver ants could make the predatory attack even larger mammals that have not been recorded so far.
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The present paper documented the first report of Filifusus manuelae (Bozzetti, 2008) from the Indian waters. Also, this is the second report from the Indian Ocean apart from its type locality, Madagascar. Two empty shells were collected from the Mandapam group of Islands, Gulf of Mannar.
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Poaching of South Asian river dolphins is considered one of the main reasons for the rapid decline of their natural populations. To curb the escalated rate of poaching, high numbers of oil and meat seizures are recovered with subsequent convictions by the law enforcement agencies. In this connection, we report a case where suspected animal oil was...
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The Semi-arid wildlands of the West Bengal state of India are known habitats of Indian Grey Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) and Striped Hyaena (Hyaena hyaena) in India. However, increasing anthropogenic pressure in these regions is one major factor behind habitat loss and rising carnivore-human conflict. We mapped the suitable habitat and estimated the...
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We discovered a new Crocidura species of shrew (Soricidae: Eulipotyphla) from Narcondam Island, India by using both morphological and molecular approaches. The new species, Crocidura narcondamica sp. nov. is of medium size (head and body lengths) and has a distinct external morphology (darker grey dense fur with a thick, darker tail) and craniodent...
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Coral reefs are one of the important habitats of marine biodiversity in shallow tropical waters as they sustain numerous crucial ecosystem services. This study provides the taxonomic account and sheds light on the habitat of Bryozoan species, which exclusively considers corals as its substratum for their growth and their role in reviving the deplet...
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An extensive survey was conducted from 2019 to 2020 in the sub-tidal regions of the Gulf of Mannar, Southeast coast of India. A total of 20 species of heterobranchs was recorded from the Keelakari group of Islands in the Gulf of Mannar coast using SCUBA gears. Among these, eight species are reported for the first time from the Gulf of Mannar Marine...
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Pangolins, despite banned through legislative measures, are threatened by heavy illegal poaching for the demand of meat and scales in the making Traditional East Asian Medicines (TEAM), resulting in severe decline of the population sizes across the distribution range. Species assignment from the confiscated scales is pre-requisite to enforce the ap...
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The present study comprises the updated listing of the bryozoan biodiversity from the Indian EEZ. In the updated list of bryozoa from the Indian EEZ, the order Cheilostomata within the Gymnolaemata consists of 4 suborders, 21 Super Family, 58 Family, 126 Genera and 293 Species. The order Ctenostomata consists of 5 Super Family, 8 Family, 12 Genera...
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The present study discovered the existence of a new Crocidura species of shrew (Soricidae: Eulipotyphla) from Narcondam Island, India by using both morphological and molecular approaches. The new species, Crocidura narcondamica sp. nov. is medium-sized and has a distinct external morphology (darker-grey dense fur with a thick and darker tail) and c...
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Large mammals that occur in low densities, particularly in the high-altitude areas, are globally threatened due to fragile climatic and ecological envelopes. Among bear species, the Himalayan brown bear (Ursus arctos isabellinus) has a distribution that is restricted to Himalayan highlands with relatively small and fragmented populations. To date,...
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The Nicobar treeshrew Tupaia nicobarica (Zelebor 1869) is an endemic species found in the Great & Little Nicobar Islands in the Andaman Sea, India. A unique nest site of an adult male of Nicobar treeshrew was directly recorded which was found in a fallen dead palm tree at the littoral forests of Galathea National Park, Great Nicobar Biosphere Reser...
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Prionailurus viverrinus, a wetland-dependent lesser cat with globally declining population, is suffering from increasing destruction/conversion of wetlands for various anthropogenic use, poaching, retaliatory killing etc. In India, they prefer to thrive in dense emergent vegetation adjoining different wetlands along the east coast and Gangetic plai...
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The fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized felid, which uses various habitats including areas adjoining wetlands. This species is listed as ‘vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List 2016, Appendix 2 of CITES and under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. In spite of being mired with several threats, studies on fishing cats outside...
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The shrews, Crocidura andamanensis, Crocidura nicobarica (order Eulipotyphla), and treeshrew, Tupaia nicobarica, (order Scandentia) are highly threatened mammals; endemic to Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. The aimed study provides the first baseline mitochondrial cytochrome b (mtCytb) genetic information of Crocidura and Tupaia species from Andama...
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Cheilostomata is the most diverse and established post-Palaeozoic order of the phylum Bryozoa. The present paper gives a taxonomic description of twenty species, belonging to fourteen different genera of twelve families, among which four Cheilostomata such as Thalamoporella novae-hollandiae, Dibunostoma reversum, Microporella mazatlanica and Parasm...
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First observation of a leucistic Northern Palm Squirrel from Dehradun, India
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An extensive survey was carried out to explore the Opisthobranchs and associated faunal community in and around the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve (GoMBR), Southeast coast of India, resulted eight species (Aplysia juliana, Goniobranchus annulatus, Goniobranchus cavae, Goniobranchus collingwoodi, Goniobranchus conchyliatus, Dendrodoris albo...
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The macroscopic and microscopic characters of dorsal guard hairs of Indian lagomorphs (four species of pikas and three species of hare) are described; the cuticular and medullary characters are similar between the species studied. The cuticular and medullary characters, however, are dissimilar between the family Ochotonidae and Leporidae. The cross...
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The present study provides the detailed morphological characters and measurements of four skeletons of Dugong/Sea cow(Dugong dugon), housed in the National Zoological Collections, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata.
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Mammalian classification has been started since Carl Linnaeus during 18th century, since then most mammals are identified through morphological characters and recently through molecular studies. In mammal taxonomy, dentition pattern is considered as one of the unique characters to distinguish species. Many extinct mammals are discovered from fossil...
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The frequent heavy-scale climatic oscillations and the recent local disturbances on the reefs worldwide were a menace for biodiversity sustenance. The major concern is that many species of Scleractinian corals could have been lost while being unaware of their existence. The recent survey yielded Cycloseris cyclolites after 29 years in the reef area...
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Extensive field survey was conducted along the coast of Gujarat and in Maharashtra state during November 2015, 2016 and February 2016 respectively in selected reef localities. A total of 24 species of bryozoans belonging to 19 families were collected and identified. Of which eight species of bryozoans were recorded for first time in Indian coastal...
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The residual population of the Irrawaddy dolphin in India is one of the most vulnerable marine mammals. Stranded dead male animal of Irrawaddy dolphin length from Digha coast with severed tail and centre of the body is reported in this manuscript. © 2019, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR). All rights re...
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The Least Leaf-nosed Bat Hipposideros cineraceus Blyth, 1853 is one of the 13 leaf-nosed bats in India, and was known from Uttarakhand, West Bengal. North-east India and Tamil Nadu. Upon careful examination of the leaf-nose of the bat collections, which were collected from N.P. Kailash cave in Kanger Khati National Park, Jagadalpur district of Chha...
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Hipposideros speoris is a small-sized leaf-nosed bat and was thought to be restricted to India and Sri Lanka. Based on a single museum specimen preserved in alcohol housed in the National Zoological Collections of the Zoological Survey of India, we report and confirm the presence of H. speoris for the first time in Pyay, Myanmar.
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Greater Long-tongued Fruit Bat Macroglossus sobrinus K Anderson, 1911 is one of the small fruit bat found in South and Southeast Asia. In India, this species has only been reported from northern West Bengal, Sikkim and Northeast India. Upon detailed examination of the external morphology, skull and dentition of a single bat specimen, which was coll...
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Western Ghats (WG) is one of the 35 hotspots of the world and home to several endemic and endangered vertebrate fauna. The mammalian fauna of Western Ghats includes 133 species representing 10 orders and 31 families of class Mammalia, which is about 31% of the total Indian mammalian fauna. Twenty-six species of endemic mammals were reported from th...
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A systematic review has been carried out for preparing the checklist of mammalian species of the Indian Himalayan region (IHR), based on field surveys, available published literature, and IUCN database. A total of 282 species representing 36 families and 11 orders that were reported in the IHR. The diversity of mammalian species is high (66.5%) in...
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Durga Das’s leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros durgadasi Khajuria, 1970 is one of the endemic bats in India and was known only from Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh and Kolar district of Karnataka. Upon careful examination of the external morphology, craniodental and baculum structure of the bat collections, which were collected from 14 km west of Mirz...
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Polyclads are carnivorous unsegmented marine flatworms usually with striking colour patterns. Although they are easily recognisable their cryptic nature delicate body and lack of taxonomic expertise explains its meagre diversity in a mega diversified country such as India. The present paper reports four polyclads for the first time from the reefs o...
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This chapter highlights the incidental catch of sea snakes collected from the Chennai coast, southern India during 2009–13. Of the 12 species reported from previous studies, 10 species were caught incidentally by various types of fishing gear. Hydrophis ornatus was recorded for the first time on the Chennai coast. Enhydrina schistosa seems to be th...
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A total of 223 species of birds were recorded from the coastal wetlands of India, belonging to 30 families under 9 orders. The highest number of species was recorded from the east coast, followed by the west coast, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The order Charadriiformes was highest in dominance, followed by Falconiformes and Ciconiiformes. T...
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The diversity, distribution, occurrence and abundance of echinoderms were studied in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve during April 2010 through May 2012. Standard prawn trawl net, modified with added sinkers/ bobbins, was used to assess the echinoderms. A total swept area of 0.45204 km 2 in Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve (GoMBR) (47...
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Ophisthobranchs are brightly coloured Marine Molluscs, with high species diversity, wide distribution range, occurring on coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, sandy, muddy and rocky habitats (Nithyanandan, 2012). There are more than 6000 species of Opisthobranchs distributed worldwide (McDonald, 2006). In India studies on Opisthobranch have recei...
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Kalinga ornata, a nudibranch was recorded from chennai, south east-coast of india after 70 years. Maximum abundance of individuals was obtained during the month august 2011, whereas there was none observed in december 2011 in overall trawling operation made at various depths. Spawning was observed in the marine aquarium tank and it was active durin...
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Cerberus rynchops (dog-faced water snake) belongs to Homalopsidae of Colubroidea (rear-fanged snakes). So far, venom compositions of snakes of the Homalopsidae family are not known. To determine the venom composition of C. rynchops, we have used both transcriptomics and proteomics approaches. The venom gland transcriptome revealed 104 ESTs and the...
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Cochin banded sea snake was reported in east coast of India for the first in Indian coastal waters

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