Chelmala Srinivasulu

Chelmala Srinivasulu
Osmania University · Department of Zoology

PhD
Associate Professor of Zoology

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Introduction
I am currently working as an Associate Professor of Zoology at Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. I head the Wildlife Biology and Taxonomy Lab and my research interests range from taxonomy to climate change modelling. I am also Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Studies - A Centre of Excellence of OU established under MHRD-RUSA Project.
Additional affiliations
July 2005 - January 2006
University of Delhi
Position
  • Scientist D
January 2003 - May 2014
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Position
  • RedList Database Manager
February 2002 - May 2005
Osmania University
Position
  • Research Associate (CSIR Fellow)
Education
January 1996 - December 2000
Osmania University
Field of study
  • Zoology
June 1993 - May 1995
Osmania University
Field of study
  • Zoology

Publications

Publications (214)
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Knowledge of mammalian diversity is still surprisingly disparate, both regionally and taxonomically. Here, we present a comprehensive assessment of the conservation status and distribution of the world's mammals. Data, compiled by 1700+ experts, cover all 5487 species, including marine mammals. Global macroecological patterns are very different for...
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A checklist and dichotomous key to 128 species of bats known from South Asia including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives is provided. Character matrices for families, genera and species are also included. This article also briefly reviews their distribution (both physiographic and country-wise), status...
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Climate change has a perceived threat on biodiversity due to its effect on species range. Species with narrow ranges and highly specific climatic and habitat requirements are at higher risk. To understand the influence of climate change on the Indian endemic gekkonid, the Indian Golden Gecko Calodactylodes aureus (Beddome, 1870) we model the presen...
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We present an inventory of the herpetofauna of the Nallamala Hills, Eastern Ghats, south-eastern India. The fauna, as currently known, includes 20 species of amphibians belonging to 14 genera in six families and 64 species of reptiles belonging to 42 genera in 15 families. Divided in habitat types, the herpetofauna can be classified into species to...
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Asian forest scorpions belong to the subfamily Heterometrinae and include some of the poorly known scorpion fauna in India in general and Telangana State in particular. The Asian forest scorpions occur in South Asia and Southeast Asia and are known from Pakistan in west to the Philippines in the east. There are 27 species of Asian forest scorpions...
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Squamates are especially sensitive to habitat loss and fragmentation caused due to changing climatic conditions, and as such make excellent focal species for modelling conservation areas and diversity under climate change scenarios. The Western Ghats are a biodiversity hotspot with the highest prevalence of endemic lizards and snakes in India, and...
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The impact of climate change on rodents is well studied, however, many of these studies are restricted to the Americas. Small- to medium-sized rodents, especially murids, are restricted in their home range and microclimatic niche breadth, and are known to be more sensitive to changes in bioclimatic conditions over time. We analyzed the effect of fu...
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A checklist of freshwater fishes of Telangana State, India including accepted common name, vernacular name, IUCN status, and endemicity is presented. Freshwater fish diversity of Telangana State is represented by 143 species belonging to 14 orders and 34 families. Two species, Rita bakalu and Indoreonectes telanganaensis are endemic to Telangana St...
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We record for the first time, Corica soborna Hamilton, 1822 from Godavari River, based on a single specimen collected from stream near Talai Village, Kumaram Bheem Asifabad District of Telengana State. In addition to a detailed description of its morphological characters, we also provide details on distribution, habitat and threats to the species.
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A new species of hill-stream loach, Indoreonectes telanganaensis, is described from a seasonal tributary of the Godavari River at Maisamma Loddi, within the Kawal Tiger Reserve, Telangana State, India. The new species is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of characters including caudal peduncle as long as deep; eye large, its diamete...
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The ichthyofaunal diversity of Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary in Telangana State was studied between October 2015 and November 2016. A total of 57 species of fish belonging to 42 genera, within 20 families and 11 orders were recorded. The present communication provides an updated ichthyofaunal checklist of Manjeera Reservoir and discusses the threats...
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Bacular studies play a significant role in the case of bats and other mammals since it is considered an important taxon-specific character, thus helping in species discrimination. Structure of the baculum (os penis) also aids in examining and understanding cryptic diversity in bats. The baculum has been used in taxonomic studies of bats but such st...
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Bats play an important role by providing ecosystem services including pollination, seed dispersal, forest regeneration and insect pest control and also serve as bio-indicators. In the present study, we present an acoustic guide to the calls of nine species of bats from Gujarat belonging to families Rhinopomatidae ( Rhinopoma hardwickii , Rhinopoma...
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In the original version of this article (Assefa & Chelmala, 2019), published on 5 September 2019, there was 1 incorrect author name.
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The diversity of bats worldwide includes large numbers of cryptic species, partly because divergence in acoustic traits such as echolocation calls are under stronger selection than differences in visual appearance in these nocturnal mammals. Island faunas often contain disproportionate numbers of endemic species, and hence we might expect cryptic,...
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Distribution and diversity of rodents vary across habitats due to different environmental factors. An ecological comparative study on diversity and abundance of rodents was conducted in Kafta-Sheraro National Park and its nearby villages from August 2017 to April 2018. Modified and natural habitats were randomly selected and two representative live...
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Badis badis (Hamilton, 1822), a freshwater fish species, has been reported for the first time from the Godavari River basin of Telangana State, India. One specimen of B. badis was collected from a stream near Mubarakpur Village in Sangareddy District (Manjeera sub-basin) and another from a stream near Sirpur (T) Town in Asifabad District (Wardha su...
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We report new distribution records of Redside Barb ( Puntius bimaculatus ), a species of freshwater fish, for the first time from the Nallamala Hill Ranges of Nagarkurnool and Nalgonda districts (Telangana state), and the Seshachalam Hills in Kadapa district (Andhra Pradesh). We provide a brief description of earlier reports and a detailed descript...
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An ecological survey was conducted to assess the species composition and abundance of rodents in Kafta-Sheraro National Park, Ethiopia from June 2017 to April 2018 covering wet and dry seasons. Rodents were trapped using Sherman live traps from five selected habitat types—natural forest, bushland, grassland, farmland, and human settlement. A total...
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The Telangana State Biodiversity Board under the UNEP-GEF-MoEFCC-ABS Project title “Strengthening the implementation of Biological Diversity Act and Rules with focus on Access and Benefit Sharing” has prepared the Telangana State Biodiversity Field Guide comprising the flora and fauna of the Telangana State for identification of various species dur...
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The diversity of bats worldwide includes large numbers of cryptic species, partly because divergence in acoustic traits such as echolocation calls are under stronger selection than differences in visual appearance in these nocturnal mammals. Island faunas often contain disproportionate numbers of endemic species, and hence we might expect cryptic,...
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We studied the population status of Marsh Crocodiles (Crocodylus palustris) in Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary (MWS), Telangana State, India, and analyzed their size classes, distribution, and conservation status. We conducted 64 night-time spotlight surveys between 2011 and 2017 to estimate the C. palustris population in the sanctuary. The density of...
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The taxonomic status of Andersen’s Roundleaf Bat Hipposideros pomona (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) and its relationship with the taxa assigned to it has been confusing. Knud Andersen described H. pomona (based on specimens from southern India) and H. gentilis (based on specimens from Myanmar) in 1918. Subsequently, the latter taxon was included unde...
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A new species of rupicolous gecko of the genus Hemidactylus is described from the Bellary District of Karnataka, India. The large-sized (SVL to at least 104.7 mm) gecko is characterized by the following suite of characters: dorsum with 16 longitudinal rows of irregularly arranged, subtrihedral, moderately to feebly keeled, striated tubercles at mid...
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The bamboo bats belonging to the genus Tylonycteris are unique due to their morphology and ecology, and are known from few locations in South Asia. We collected voucher specimens of Tylonycteris malayana from North Andaman Island, which forms the basis of the first specimen-based record of this species from the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and the se...
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The present paper discusses about the diversity of fish fauna in Udayasamudram Reservoir in Nalgonda District, Telangana State, India. Surveys were conducted from March 2013 to February 2016, and fish specimens were collected to study the diversity. A total of 38 species of fishes belonging to seven orders, 15 families and 32 genera were identified...
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Hipposideros galeritus Cantor, 1846 has been hitherto reported from 18 localities in peninsular India. In this paper we report 3 new locality records of the species from Karnataka and 1 new record from Andhra Pradesh, based on photographic evidence and morphometrics (external morphological and cranio-dental). These records extend the southeastern l...
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We studied the chiropteran diversity of Andaman Islands between July 2012 and January 2016 from 38 different localities spread throughout the islands. Our surveys revealed the presence of 17 species of bats. One species -- lesser bamboo bat Tylonycteris pachypus -- reported earlier could not be found during the present study. Our study adds four ne...
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A distinct new gecko of the genus Hemidactylus is described from Andhra Pradesh, India. This large-sized (snout to vent length up to at least 105 mm), scansorial Hemidactylus is characterized by dorsal scalation of small granules intermixed with large, pointed, trihedral tubercles that form 16–17 fairly regularly arranged longitudinal rows at midbo...
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Of all the Ophidiofaunal diversity in mainland India, some species occurrences are assumed to be rare. The same is the scenario with the underrepresented regions in Telangana state, India. Here we present the first report of the occurrence of the little known colubrid, Sibynophis subpunctatus (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854), from northern and sou...
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A total of 115 bird species belonging to 47 families were recorded in the scrub forests of the Sri Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh, India in a survey carried out from May 2014 to April 2015. Of these, 107 species were resident and nine species were resident migrants. The scrub forests of peninsular India are equally important as...
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We provide specimen-based evidence and echolocation calls of an additional three species of bats in Kerala, India. A brief note on the taxonomy and nomenclature of Peyton’s Whiskered Myotis, and an updated checklist of bats of Kerala is also included.
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We provide the echolocation call characteristics of two endemic Hipposiderid bats, the Kolar Leaf-nosed Bat Hipposideros hypophyllus and Durga Das’s Leaf-nosed Bat H. durgadasi from Kolar district, Karnataka, India for the first time. The calls consisted of a constant frequency (CF) component followed by a frequency modulated (FM) tail. It was foun...
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The Diadem Leaf-nosed Bat Hipposideros diadema (E. Geoffroy, 1813) is recorded for the first time from the Andaman Islands, India. A solitary female specimen was collected on October 13, 2015 from a limestone cave on Baratang Island. Cranial measurements and other morphological characters indicate that the specimen differs from the endemic subspeci...
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We present the first record of the velvet spider Stegodyphus tibialis (O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1869) from Telangana state, India. A male specimen of this species was collected from Osmania University campus, Hyderabad. We describe the male and provide a map of the global range of the species.
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Morphometrics and phylogenetic analysis based on 12S and 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences reveal that Riopa ashwamedhi Sharma, 1969 is placed incorrectly in the genus Riopa or Lygosoma, and we transfer this taxon to the genus Eutropis. New material of this rare and endemic species forms the basis of the generic reassignment. A detailed descr...
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p>The avifaunal diversity of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh with emphasis on Kalatop-Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary and its surrounding was observed for a period of one year between 2012 and 2013. We observed 95 species of birds belonging to 12 orders and 40 families. Of this diversity, 41 species were abundant to common, 34 occasional and 20 rar...
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We address the concerns raised by Kulkarni (2015) relating to variations between female holotype and paratype of the newly described Thomisus telanganaensis Pravalikha & Srinivasulu, 2015. The variations are due to phenotypic plasticity encountered among the members of the genus Thomisus. Thomisus projectus, an Indian endemic species, is so far kno...
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We address the concerns raised by Kulkarni (2015) relating to variations between female holotype and paratype of the newly described Thomisus telanganaensis Pravalikha & Srinivasulu, 2015. The variations are due to phenotypic plasticity encountered among the members of the genus Thomisus. Thomisus projectus, an Indian endemic species, is so far kno...
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A new species of rupicolous gecko of the genus Cnemaspis is described from Hampi, Karnataka, southern India. Cnemaspis adii sp. nov. is diagnosable from all the Indian congeners in possessing the following suite of characters: mediumsized Cnemaspis, SVL less than 35 mm (31.7–34.9). Dorsal scales on the trunk homogeneous, small, granular and feebly...
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A new species of the genus Thomisus Walckenaer, 1805, Thomisus telanganaensis is described from Telangana, India. The new species differs from its congeners based on the female genital structure. A detailed description of Thomisus projectus Tikader, 1960 is provided for lack of one, along with illustrations of female genitalia and other distinguish...
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The Kolar Leaf-nosed Bat Hipposideros hypophyllus Kock & Bhat, 1994, endemic to Kolar District, Karnataka, India was listed as ‘Endangered’ in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to its restricted distribution and continuing decline in the quality of its habitat. The species has not been sighted or collected since its initial collection in...
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Durga Das’s leaf-nosed bat Hipposideros durgadasi Khajuria, 1970 is endemic to India, and was known only from Katanga, Katangi, and Richhai villages, in Jabalpur district, Madhya Pradesh. During surveys conducted in Kolar district, Karnataka, India, we successfully mist-netted a few individuals belonging to the bicolor species group which, upon det...
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The gekkonid lizard genus Hemidactylus is one of the most speciose genus in the family, with at least 124 species described. Of these, at least 26 species occur in India (Utez and Hosek 2013; Mirza and Sanap, 2014). Herpetofaunal surveys carried out in the recent past have resulted in the detection of Hemidactylus species hitherto unknown from the...
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The gekkonid lizard genus Hemidactylus is one of the most speciose genus in the family, with at least 124 species described. Of these, at least 26 species occur in India (Utez and Hosek 2013; Mirza and Sanap, 2014). Herpetofaunal surveys carried out in the recent past have resulted in the detection of Hemidactylus species hitherto unknown from the...
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A new species of the genus Hersilia Audouin, 1826, Hersilia aadi sp. Nov. is described from Andhra Pradesh, India with notes on the species known from India. The new species differs from its congeners based on having large palpal patella in males; and having two closely adjoining circular, small median genital openings and, long and curved copulato...
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A total of 164 bird species belonging to 53 families were recorded in the Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary. Of these 107 species were resident, 55 species were winter migrants and 2 species were summer migrants. The population of the each species in different habitats was estimated. Species richness was observed to be more in agriculture habitat followe...
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The nominate subspecies of the lesser woolly horseshoe bat Rhinolophus beddomei, Andersen, 1905 was known only from the Western Ghats and two localities in the Eastern Ghats in the peninsular India. In the past few years, we have observed this species from other locations spanning between these two hill ranges, and through this short note we report...
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We report on the finding of the Günther Toad Duttaphrynus hololius from Visakhapatnam and discuss aspects of its distribution based on our species distribution modeling. We also provide data on historically collected specimens and refine its intra-specific variation, provide an up-to-date chresonymy and comment on the validity of earlier reported d...
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