Since the inception of Zoological Survey of India on 1 July, 1916 the scientists of ZSI have been, carrying out taxonomic studies on different animal groups and described many new taxa in various Indian and foreign journals based on taxonomic studies of both Indian and foreign material. Since published literature pertaining to these new taxa are very much scattered an effort has been made to prepare a catalogue of these new taxa which have been described by the ZSI scientists during July 1916 to June 1991, covering a period of 75 years.
The catalogue deals with 3929 new taxa comprising 10 family nov., 12 subfamily nov., 216 genus nov., 29 subgenus nov. and 3662 species and subspecies nov., out of which 696 new taxa belong to foreign countries, comprising 4 family nov., 6 subfamily nov., 42 genus nov., 7 subgenus nov. and 637 species/subspecies nov. The summary of these new taxa is presented in a table (Table 1) for the convenience and quick perusal of the readers. New taxa published in the year 1991 and others omitted in the catalogue have been included in Addendum -I & II.
The taxa have been arranged according to the Zoological classification by Parker (1982). The title of the papers are arranged authorwise under each phylum and a detail of 75 years classified account of new taxa with type localities of different animals from Protozoa to mammalia have been put together, which is expected to have immense value and will be useful to the scientists and research scholars of various institutions in India and abroad.
The original name of the new taxa have been maintained through out the manuscript. The synonyms and current status of the species are also provided, wherever necessary. The number in bracket in bold latter on the right side of each new taxa refer to the serial number of references.
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