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Ecology and Conservation of Vertebrates in Rajasthan, India

Edited By: BK Sharma, Seema Kulshreshtha and Asad R Rahmani


Hardback | Apr 2012 | #196301 | ISBN-13: 9781461407997
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The state of Rajasthan in India ranks very high in biodiversity and contains several different types of ecosystems. It has implications for ecology and conservation in many areas of the world. The state of Rajasthan broadly falls under the Indomalaya ecozone--one of the eight ecozones dividing earth's land surface. Indomalaya has 3 major biomes in Rajasthan, namely, deserts and xeric shrublands, tropical and sub-tropical dry broadleaf forests and tropical and sub-tropical moist broadleaf forests. Further, the ecoregions which are covered under these biomes are north western thorn scrub forests and the Thar desert; Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests and the upper Gangetic plains moist deciduous forests respectively. This is the first ever kaleidoscopic work on the compilation and documentation of the faunal wealth of Rajasthan.


List of Contributors
Rajasthan at a Glance

Chapter-1: Historical, Socio-cultural, Religious, Mythological and Anthropological aspects of Faunal Conservation in Rajasthan
Chapter-2: Physiography, Zoogeography and Ecosystem Diversity of Rajasthan
Chapter-3: Fossil Records of Rajasthan and the Fauna in Retrospect
Fishes and Amphibians
Chapter-4: Ichthyofauna of Rajasthan
Chapter-5: Anuran Fauna of Rajasthan: Identification and Monitoring using a Novel Sound Analysis System

Chapter-6: Ophidian Fauna of Rajasthan, India
Chapter-7: Natural History Observations on the Indian Spiny-tailed Lizard, Uromastyx hardwickii in the Thar Desert
Chapter-8: Species of Lizards in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan and their Conservation
Chapter-9: Ecology and Behavior of the Indian Star Tortoise, Geochelone elegans (Schoepff) in Aravalli Foot-hills of Rajasthan
Chapter-10: Chelonian Status and Conservation in Rajasthan
Chapter-11: Conservation Planning for Chambal River Basin taking Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica) as Umbrella Species

Chapter-12: Present Status of Vultures in Rajasthan
Chapter-13: An Overview of the Status and Distribution of Raptors in Rajasthan
Chapter-14: In situ Conservation of Bustards with Special Reference to the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) in Rajasthan
Chapter-15: The Distribution, Status and Habitat Conservation of Lesser Florican in Rajasthan
Chapter-16: Conservation and Management of Demoiselle Crane at Kheechan (India)
Chapter-17: White-naped Tit Parus nuchalis: An Endemic and Endangered Species
Chapter-18: Distribution of Different Species of Munias in Southern Rajasthan with Emphasis on Globally Threatened Green Avadavat Amandava formosa (latham)
Chapter-19: Structure and Species Composition in Bird Communities of Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Chapter-20: Ecology and Behavior of the Indian Black Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) inhabiting the Arid Zone of Rajasthan, India
Chapter-21: Aquatic Avifauna of Southern Rajasthan
Chapter-22: Important Bird Area (IBA) Program for Conserving Avian Diversity in Rajasthan

Chapter-23: Non-volant Small Mammals of Rajasthan
Chapter-24: Chiropteran Fauna of Rajasthan-Taxonomy, Distribution and Status
Chapter-25: Squirrels of Rajasthan with special reference to Elliot's Giant Flying Squirrel
Chapter-26: Status of Non-human Primates in Rajasthan
Chapter-27: Wild Dog (Dhole, Cuon Alpinus, Pallas, 1811) and Indian Wolf, Canis Lupus Pallipes - The Major Canids of Rajasthan
Chapter-28: The Status and Conservation of Sloth Bear in Rajasthan with special reference to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Chapter-29: Tigers of Rajasthan: Historical Perspective, Ecology, Present Status and Conservation
Chapter-30: Status, Distribution and Conservation of Leopard Panthera pardus fusca in Rajasthan
Chapter-31: Small Cats of Rajasthan
Chapter-32: Conservation Prospects of Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata (Geoffroy St.-Hilaire, 1826) in Rajasthan, India
Chapter-33: Present Status of Wild Ungulates in Rajasthan

Fauna in Diverse Habitats
Chapter-34: Threats to the Faunal Diversity of the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan
Chapter-35: Threatened Mammals of Sajjangarh Wild Life Sanctuary
Chapter-36: Keoladeo National Park: Faunal Diversity of the Enchanting Waterfowl Refuge of the World
Chapter-37: Faunal Ecology and Management of Sambhar Lake - A Concise Review on the Rapidly Deteriorating Ramsar Site of the Arid Zone of Asia
Chapter-38: Faunal Ecology and Conservation of the Great Indian Desert

Aspects of Conservation and Management
Chapter-39: In situ Conservation: Protected Area Network in Rajasthan
Chapter-40: Reintroduction of Tigers in Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan
Chapter-41: Conservation Values of Sariska Tiger Reserve
Chapter-42: Impact of Mass Mortality of Gharial Gavialis gangeticus (Gmelin, 1789) on its Conservation in the Chambal River in Rajasthan, India
Chapter-43: Conservation of Desert Biodiversity
Chapter-44: Climate and other Environmental Factors influencing Faunal Ecology of Rajasthan
Chapter-45 Impact of Altered Land-use Pattern on Small Mammalian Diversity of Hilly-tracts of Rajasthan, India
Chapter-46: Conservation and Management of Wetland Birds in Rajasthan: Perspectives and Challenges
Chapter-47: Status and Distribution of Wetlands in Hadoti, Their Avian Diversity and Need for Conservation
Chapter-48: Conservation and Management of Fauna outside Protected Areas in Rajasthan with a Perspective on Urban Biodiversity
Chapter-49: Zoos of Rajasthan
Chapter-50: Biotechnological Approaches to Conservation
Chapter-51: Community Conservation in Rajasthan
Chapter-52: Sarus Crane (Grus antigone antigone) and People's Participation in the Protection of Breeding Sites in Kota, India
Chapter-53: Thar's Biodiversity and its Village Institutions
Chapter-54: Resource Dependency and Socio-economic Profile of Local Communities in Sariska National Park, Rajasthan
Chapter-55: The Revival Model for Common Property Reserves in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan with special reference to their Faunal Component
Chapter-56: Generation of Livelihood in and around Protected Areas through Community Practices
Chapter-57: Faunal Ecology and its Conservation in Rajasthan: Gaps in Research

Policies and Legal Framework of the State
Chapter-58: Wildlife Conservation in Rajasthan: Legal Aspects and Government Policies

Ecotourism and Heritage Tourism
Chapter-59: Ecotourism and Heritage Tourism in Rajasthan: Policies and Prospects
Chapter-60: Scope of Nature Tourism in Abu Hills: Conservation Issues and Steps for Conservation by WWF-Indi

Faunal Conservation in Rajasthan: Research and Initiatives
Chapter-61: Major Initiatives, Awareness Programs, Projects and Campaigns Undertaken by Wildlife Groups and Premier Agencies towards Faunal Conservation in Rajasthan

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