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An updated checklist of odonates of Kerala with their common English and Malayalam names are provided. A total of 181 species of odonates with 68 Western Ghats endemics are confirmed in the state.
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A total of 122 species of 73 genera belonging to 08 families and 17 subfamilies in 26 tribes of butterfly have been enumerated in the present study for the first time from Navegaon National Park.
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Citizen-science driven exercises (e.g., bird surveys) and online platforms (e.g., eBird) provide voluminous data on bird occurrence but the data quality is often compromised. Bird atlases are based on standardized surveys and describe the distribution of bird species over a predefined region and have less biases, and thus are better suited for use...
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A new large (94-107mm SVL) species of gecko of the genus Hemidactylus is described from the drier parts of the Western Ghats of India. The new species is closely related to H. graniticolus, from which it can be distinguished based on dorsal pholidosis at mid-body, the structure of tubercles on the dorsum, dorsal pholidosis on the tail. The new spec...
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A total of 91 species of butterflies belonging to 58 genera under 18 subfamilies and 6 families were recorded from the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. The family Nymphalidae dominated with 42 species followed by Pieridae (20), Papilionidae (11), Hesperiidae (10), Lycaenidae (7) and a single species from the family Riodinidae. Of the 91 species, 3 species...
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The odonate fauna of Kerala, their status and distribution are reviewed. Based on personal records from field work since 2010 and published literature, all the recent additions and range extensions to the region are critically analyzed and a revised checklist of odonates of Western Ghats and Kerala is provided. The current checklist of odonates of...
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We examined the holotype of Euprepes innotatus Blanford, 1870 which was presented to the Natural History Museum, London (NHMUK) by Blanford himself, and is redescribed herein. Based on the morphological similarity, we placed Eutropis innotata within the E. carinata group (contra Blanford, 1870), as it is closely allied to E. dissimilis and E. carin...
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We review the historical and current distribution for Cantor's giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) in India. We report 13 new records from Kerala State. Based on our intensive survey in Kasaragod District, we report a potential breeding population from this region.
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The genus Protosticta (Odonata, Zygoptera, Platystictidae) is represented by nine species in the Western Ghats of peninsular India, of which seven are reported for the state of Kerala. Our recent records of Protosticta rufostigma Kimmins, 1958 from the Western Ghats of Kerala State is discussed, and despite a thorough literature search no collectio...
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This is the first complete documentation of the early stages of Acytolepis lilacea lilacea, the subspecies from southern India, with the first record of the larval host plant Cycas circinalis, and a comparison with the early stages of Acytolepis puspa felderi Toxopeus, 1927, a sympatric and similar species, highlighting the notable differences. The...
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The genus Platylestes Selys, 1862 is known from India, by only one species, P. platystylus from eastern India, West Bengal, and recently from Kerala. Here, we describe a new species Platylestes kirani from the coastal tracts of the northern part of Kerala, southern India. The new species differs from all other known species of the genus by its uniq...
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Two new species of geckos of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 are described from the Western Ghats of Kerala using an integrated taxonomic approach employing phylogenetic and multivariate morphometric methods. We provide a preliminary 16S rRNA tree of the Indian Cnemaspis and ascertain the phylogenetic placement of the two new species within the w...
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A total of 7966 nests of 11 species were recorded from Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Thrissur districts of North Kerala during 2018 heronry survey. Highest number of sites was recorded in Kozhikode (30), while highest number of Heronry Survey in Kerala, 2018 nests was recorded in Thrissur district (4793) and highest species count (8 spe...
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Cnemaspis nilagirica was described by Manamendra-Arachchi, Batuwita and Pethiyagoda in 2007 based on a single female specimen that was a syntype of Gonatodes kandianus var. tropidogaster described by Boulenger in 1885. However, a living population of this species has not been reported since its original description by Boulenger. Based on fresh mate...
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A total of 7022 nests of 12 species were recorded from Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Thrissur districts of Kerala during 2017 heronry survey. Highest number of heronry sites was recorded in Kozhikode (33), while the highest number of nests was recorded in Thrissur district (2815 nests) and the highest number of breeding species (9) from...
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Two new species of geckos of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 are described from the southern Western Ghats of Ker-ala. Both species are medium to large sized Cnemaspis and can be differentiated from all other Indian congeners by a suite of distinct morphological characters. Both species are found in the high elevation forests of the two major mas...
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A revised and updated list of reptiles of India
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We here describe Sitana attenboroughii sp. nov., a new species of fan-throated lizard of the genus Sitana Cuvier, 1829 from coastal Kerala in southern India. The new species morphologically is closer to Sitana visiri Deepak, 2016 (in Deepak et al. 2016a), however, differs in having higher numbers of ventral scales and a comparatively short but rich...
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Madayipara is a Laterite plateau located in the midlands of Kannur district in the Peninsular Indian state of Kerala, which forms a unique habitat with many narrow endemic flowering plants. The present article is an updated checklist of the angiosperms, with 670 species, indicating its high plant diversity.
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The Black Microhylid Frog Melanobatrachus indicus is a rare and endangered species known only from very few specimens from the southernmost part of the Western Ghats. A good population of these species was reported for the first time from the highland montane shola forests Marayoor, Idukki district, Kerala. The present report forms the highest alti...
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Heronry survey was conducted in 10 districts of Kerala during which a total of 11,550 nests belonging to 16 species of waterbirds from 194 heronry sites were counted. Little Cormorant (3396 nests) and Indian Pond-Heron (3277 nests) were the two most widespread and abundant species. This heronry census recorded the nesting of Woolly-necked Stork and...
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A new species of Protosticta Selys, 1885 from Kerala part of Western Ghats is described and illustrated. The holotype male and paratype female is distinguished from other Protosticta species based on its complete black dorsal surface of abdomen, 7th and 8th abdominal segment without yellow or blue color dorsally and its distinct anal appendages. Th...
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p>Here we report the range extension of Lestes nodalis Selys , a northeastern and eastern Indian species to Kerala, southern India for the first time. Additional taxonomic and natural history notes are also given for the species. </div
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This is a sight record of Slender Coral Snake from Northern rim of Palghat Gap. The Slender Coral Snake, Calliophis melanurus is the smallest and widely distributed coral snake known from India and it is so far known from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal. We found the snake near to...
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p>Following the first publication on vertebrates of India (Blanford 1888–1890), a huge wealth of information has been compiled on the vertebrate fauna of various biogeographic zones of the country, especially the Western Ghats. The state of Kerala comprising of a land area of 38,863km<sup>2</sup>, 590km coastline, an intricate system of backwaters...
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p>A checklist of reptiles of Kerala State is presented, along with their Scientific, English and Malayalam names, endemic status, conservation status in the latest IUCN Red List category, different Schedules of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act and the Appendices of CITES. A total of 173 species under 24 families belonging to three orders are record...
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Worldwide many species of odonates are known to use phytotelmata as a breeding habitat. Hitherto, no species are known to breed in phytotelmata in India. However, field studies conducted in the southern Western Ghats revealed that Lyriothemis tricolor Ris, 1919 (Libellulidae) uses tree holes as a larval habitat. Here we report the range extension o...
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Cory's Shearwater Calonectris borealis is a large seabird that breeds on islands and cliffs in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in the Atlantic Ocean in the Canary Islands (Spain), and Berlengas Islands and the Azores (Portugal). After breeding, birds from the Atlantic colonies predominantly winter off the coast of South America and southern Afric...
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The identification of Catharacta skuas in the northern hemisphere has always been a hot topic (Devillers 1977) and our observations reported below from the Arabian Sea off the south-west coast of India are in this category. During a pelagic birdwatching trip off the coast of Kerala on 1 October 2012, two large skuas were observed about 20 km west o...
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The migratory movements of butterflies are poorly documented in Kerala. It’s for the first time the migratory behaviour of the Dark Cerulean Jamides bochus (Stoll) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) was documented from the Kerala part of Western Ghats. The migratory movement was from high ranges of Eravikulam National Park, Idukki district, Kerala at an ele...
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New distribution record of Odonata species from Kerala is reported. The genus Microgomphus and species souteri is recorded for the first time from Kerala. Previously the species is recorded only from Coorg and South Kanara, Karnataka. Diagnostic characters and photographs are also given for easy identification of this rare and endemic dragonfly spe...
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Studies on marine birds of India are scarce and available information is based mainly on wind-blown bird data and a few isolated off-shore trips. An attempt was made in recent years to address this lacuna by conducting off-shore trips from the coasts of Karnataka and Kerala to monitor marine birds. We report the significant results from these studi...
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A new species of the genus Polypedates under the family Rhacophoridae is described from Western Ghats, India. The new species is compared with Polypedates maculatus, P. pseudocruciger and P. occidentalis, congers in Western Ghats.
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The present communication deals with the first record of Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Pelamis platurus (Linnaeus) from the inland riverine tracts of Kerala.
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A new species of the oriental shrub frog genus Philautus is described from Kakkayam Reserve Forest of Calicut district, Kerala state, in the southern Western Ghats. This species is distinguished from congeners by the combination of characters such as body small, elongate, squat and flat; head arched, wider than long; snout short rounded, equal or s...
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A new species of the oriental shrub frog genus Philautus is described from Kakkayam Reserve Forest of Calicut district, Kerala state, in the southern Western Ghats. This species is distinguished from congeners by the combination of charac-ters such as body small, elongate, squat and flat; head arched, wider than long; snout short rounded, equal or...
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Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis Biju & Bossuyt is observed to occur in the forested habitats of the Nilgiri ranges north of Palakkad Gap, indicating its extension of range of distribution from the hitherto known limit south of the Palakkad Gap between 8 and 11° N lat, i.e. Anamalai and Cardamom Hills in the Western Ghats. The adult individual of N. sa...
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A new species of the oriental shrub frog genus Philautus is described from Kakkayam Reserve Forest of Calicut district, Kerala state, in the southern Western Ghats. This species is distinguished from congeners by the combination of characters such as body small, elongate, squat and flat; head arched, wider than long; snout short rounded, equal or s...
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The members of the genus Abudefduf (=Glyphidodon, Glyphisodon) - Sergeant majors - of sub-family Pomacentrinae (Fam: Pomacentridae) are primarily tropical marine fishes, generally found along coastal areas of tropical and temperate regions of the world. Their main habitat in the marine ecosystem is rocky pools or coral reefs. These fishes are livel...
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Descriptions of new species of pyralidae of the sub-family pyraustinae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, London 9(8): 149-174. Hampson, G.F. (1912b). Descriptions of new species of pyralidae of the sub-family pyraustinae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, London 9(8): 242-269. Hampson, G.F. (1912c). Descriptions of new species of pyral...
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Malappuram District of Kerala. The area is a flat topped laterite hillock, having a campus of about 25 sq. km. The topography of the campus is comparatively plain supporting scrub jungles and cashew plantations in the slopes. The vegetation is dominated by the bushes of Calicopteris flouribunda, Lantana camara, Rauvolfia tetraphylla, Eupatorium odo...
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Malappuram District of Kerala. The area is a flat topped laterite hillock, having a campus of about 25 sq. km. The topography of the campus is comparatively plain supporting scrub jungles and cashew plantations in the slopes. The vegetation is dominated by the bushes of Calicopteris flouribunda, Lantana camara, Rauvolfia tetraphylla, Eupatorium odo...

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