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Fauna of Indian Museum Tank

Series: Records of the Zoological Survey of India Occasional Papers Volume: 333

By: Krishnamoorthy Venkataraman(Editor)

172 pages, 10 plates with colour photos; illustrations, tables

Zoological Survey of India

Paperback | Jan 2012 | #217502 | ISBN-13: 9788181713155
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Language: English

From the introduction:

"The Indian Museum, a monument of national importance in elucidating the art and nature of the East, recently recognized as a heritage site in Kolkata megacity, has a long history since it was carved out from the Asiatic Society as proposed by a Danish botanist, Nathanial Wallich of this Society and readily accepted by the members on 2nd February, 1814. In fact, in May 1862, a decision was taken by the Government of India in favour of establishing a public museum in Calcutta and for that a land with a large pond was acquired on the Chowringhee Road (presently Jawaharlal Nehru Road). The tank inside the Indian Museum campus also has a high profile history of hydrobiological study by eminent scientists of the Microscopical Society, Calcutta in 1888-89 and by the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata from the very first decade of the twentieth century, including Dr. Thomas Nelson Annandale who studied freshwater fauna especially hydra, sponges and polyzoa from this tank. As such, it has been felt high time to ascertain what was done in the past and also to know the present state of faunal diversity of this pond. With this idea in mind, a team of ZSI scientists was formed in June, 2007 to reinvestigate on the limnology and faunal diversity of the Museum tank and to prepare a comprehensive document on it to celebrate well over century old hydrobio-historical study of this lentic waterbody towards conservation and management of this hydrobiological heritage pond (Nandi, 2007). Interestingly, this document is brought out on the eve of the Indian Museum’s bicentennial which falls in 2014."


1. Overview/N.C. Nandi, Rina Chakraborty and Ch. Satyanarayana
2. Limnology/Mousumi Roy and N.C. Nandi
3. Protozoa/L. Bindu, A.K. Das and N.C. Nandi
4. Porifera: freshwater sponges/J.G. Pattanayak and S. Mitra
5. Cnidaria : hydra vulgaris/S. Mitra and J.G. Pattanayak
6. Rotifera/J. Chitra and N.C. Nandi
7. Mollusca/Mousumi Roy and A. Dey
8. Annelida: earthworms/R. Paliwal and C.K. Mandal
9. Annelida: freshwater oligochaetes/T. Biswas and S. Mitra
10. Annelida: leeches/C.K. Mandal
11. Crustacea: cladocera/J. Chitra
12. Crustacea: ostracoda/J. Chitra
13. Crustaceae: copepoda/J. Chitra
14. Crustacea: decapoda/M.K. Dev Roy
15. Insects/Mousumi Roy
16. Bryozoa/S. Mitra and J.G. Pattanayak
17. Wetland vertebrates/Rina Chakraborty and S. Kar
18. Terrestrial vertebrates/Rina Chakraborty
19. Macrozoobenthos/Mousumi Roy and N.C. Nandi
20. Sponge Eunapius carteri associates/J. Chitra and S. Mitra
21. Weed associated insects/Mousumi Roy and N.C. Nandi
22. Macrophyte associates/J. Chitra and S. Mitra
23. Effect of sunlight and shade on benthos/Mousumi Roy and N.C. Nandi
24. Bibliography
25. Fauna of museum tank (plate II-X)

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