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Omkar is highly fascinated by herpetological specimens from BNHS Museum and research articles published in the Journal of BNHS chiefly linked to Herpetology. He has cataloged the extralimital serpents from BNHS Collection and studying their taxonomy and History. Presently, he is studying the diversity and taxonomy of herpetofauna of Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Western Ghats of India.
The gekkonid diversity of the under-explored dry zones in Peninsular India is not yet completely inventoried, as evidenced by frequent new species descriptions. Here, we describe two new species of Hemidactylus from the dry rocky zones of Deccan Plateau viz. Hemidactylus mahonyi sp. nov. from Sandur Hills and Hemidactylus srikanthani sp. nov. from...
The recent revision of the Ahaetulla nasuta complex in South Asia (India and Sri Lanka) resulted in a major modification of the systematics of this previously wide-ranging species. Ahaetulla nasuta sensu stricto is now endemic to Sri Lanka while other species inhabit Peninsular India. We here analyze the status of the nominal taxa including those c...
In recent years, several studies have revealed significant unknown and cryptic diversity of agamids in peninsular India, particularly in the Western Ghats. Here, we examine the morphology, anatomy and genetics of the sole Indian representative of the otherwise Sri Lankan agamid genus Otocryptis from the Western Ghats. Our analyses reveal significan...
A new species of shieldtail snake, Uropeltis jerdoni, is here described based on eight specimens from Devarayana Durga and Nandi Durga that are under-researched hills near Bengaluru in southern India. The new species is a member of the Uropeltis ceylanica group that can be distinguished from related taxa as follows: a truncate and flattened caudal...
We describe a new species of Asian gracile skink from the dry leeward slopes of the Nilgiri hills, Tamil Nadu state, India which forms a part of the eastern, rain shadow escarpment of the Western Ghats in peninsular India. The new species, Subdoluseps nilgiriensis sp. nov., is characterized by: slender, small-sized body (47–67 mm); sandy brown abov...
In this note, we provide a list and a map of all the records of Gery Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) from Maharashtra state and report its recent sighting in the Palghar district of Maharashtra.
ATTACK ON ADULT ASIAN BLACK-SPOTTED TOAD DUTTAPHRYNUS MELANOSTICTUS (SCHNEIDER, 1799) BY A TERRESTRIAL CARABID EPOMIS LARVA
A new species of wolf snake, Lycodon deccanensis sp. nov., is described from southern India, from the hill ranges situated in the Deccan Plateau adjacent to the Southern Eastern Ghats and the Mysore uplands. The new species somewhat resembles, and has previously been confused with, another predominantly wet-zone taxon Lycodon travancoricus. The new...
Thane creek is one of the coastal and marine protected sites located in Mumbai which declared as a sanctuary recently in 2015. Creek region provides diverse habitat to birds for feeding, nesting and resting, making it a potential bird watching sight for ornithologists and enthusiasts. This article presents some interesting observations of waterbird...
The recent sighting of Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus) From Mudflats of Thane creek near Bhandup pumping station, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
To study the extralimital serpents presently available in the collection of Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai methodically to prepare a Catalouge of the snake specimens collected during historic phase from the early 1800s to late 1900s by many researchers, forest officials, army officers, lawyers, social workers, and a few non-government organizations from various localities around the globe.