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Faunal Diversity of Biogeographic Zones of India: Western Ghats

By: Kailash Chandra(Author), C Raghunathan(Author), Pavittu M Sureshan(Author), KA Subramanian(Author), Anjum Nasreen Rizvi(Author)
744 pages, colour photos
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  • Faunal Diversity of Biogeographic Zones of India: Western Ghats ISBN: 9788181715661 Hardback Jan 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 months
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The Western Ghats is a mountain chain running parallel to the west coast of peninsular India, which separates the eastern Konkan region of India from the Deccan Plateau. This ecoregion is a storehouse of natural treasures, and it has not only been declared a biodiversity hotspot but is also one of the ‘hottest’ of this class because of the incredible biological diversity.

The Western Ghats is one of the four watersheds of India, feeding the perennial rivers including Godavari, Kaveri, Krishna, Tamiraparani and Tungabhadra rivers that originate in different altitudes with the highest peak of 2695 meters and three hill ranges, the Anaimalai to the north, the Palani Hills to the northeast and the Cardamom Hills to the south.

The Western Ghats is an abode for a significant population of Mugger crocodiles, besides other threatened species such as Bengal tiger, Malabar large-spotted civet, lion-tailed macaque, and Nilgiri Tahr and a flagship animal such as the Asiatic elephant.

The pristine biodiversity of the Western Ghats is conserved under 58 protected areas consisting of 14 National Parks, 44 Wildlife Sanctuaries covering an area of 13,595 sq. km. representing 9.06 per cent of Ghats. However, burgeoning human settlements, livestock grazing, frequent forest fires, large-scale agricultural expansion etc. are the challenges for biodiversity conservation in this remnant ecosystem,

Considering the ecological significance of Western Ghats, the Zoological Survey of India made a concerted effort to collate the information on faunal components by conducting periodic surveys over four decades and compiled the comprehensive data and brought out the book Faunal Faunal Diversity of Biogeographic Zones of India: Western Ghats. This document contains the detailed list of 17,099 species of various organisms ranging from Protozoa to Mammalia covered in 64 chapters along with their distribution in different biogeographic provinces.


1. Faunal Diversity of Western Ghats Biogeographic Zone - An Overview / K Chandra, C. Raghunathan, P.M. Sureshan, K A Subramanian, R. Babu and Anjum N. Rizvi
2. Protozoa (Free-living) / Bindu L
3. Porifera / M M Saxena
4. Platyhelminthes / A Ghosh
5. Rotifera / Chitra J and Jayasree Thilak
6. Nematoda (Soil Nematodes) / A N Rizvi, Pallab Maity, Keya Haldar and Saradamani Hansda
7. Annelida: Oligochaeta / S. Prasanth Narayanan, Rahul Paliwal, Shailja Kumari, Shakoor Ahmed, AP Thomas and J M Julka
8. Annelida: Hirudinea (Leech) / C K Mandal
9. Arachnida: Scorpiones / P M. Sureshan
10. Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones / J Ghosh, I Ahmed, D Gupta and K Chandra
11. Arachnida: Acari (Mites) / Shelley Acharya
12. Arachnida: Araneae / Souvik Sen and P M. Sureshan
13. Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura / S K Pati
14. Crustacea: Copepoda / Karuthapandi M, Shabuddin Shaik and Deepa J
15. Crustacea: Branchiopoda: Cladocera / Jayashree Thilak
16. Crustacea: Ostracoda / Jayashree Thilak
17. Collembola / G P. Mondal
18. Protora / G.P. Mondal
19. Insecta: Ephemeroptera / K G Sivaramakrishnan, C. Selvakumar and K A Subramanian
20. Insecta: Odonata /  K.A Subramanian, Babu R and Emiliyamma K G
21. Insecta: Orthoptera / S kumar and Kailash Chandra
22. Insecta: Phasmida / G. Srinivasan and Tushar K. Mukherjee
23. Insecta: Plecoptera / R Babu and K A. Subramanian
24. Insecta: Dermaptera / Emiliyamma K G
25. Insecta: Mantodea / P M. Sureshan
26. Insecta: Blattodea / Prabakaran S. and Senraj M
27. Insecta: Blattodea: Isoptera /  K. Rajmohana, R. Sengupta and P. Amina
28. Insecta: Psocodea: Psocoptera / Ramesh G. Babu R and Subramanian K A
29. Insecta: Thysanoptera / D Singha, Kaomud Tyagi and Vikas Kumar
30. Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera (Aquatic and Semiaquatic) / E Eyarin Jehamalar and k Chandra
31. Insecta: Hemiptera (terrestrial) / Kailash Chandra, M E Hassan, S Kushwaha, P C Saha and Paramita Mukherjee
32. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae, Xiphydriidae, Pompilidae, Aulacidae, Evaniidae and Trigonalidea / I Ahmed, L R Kumar singh, Kailash Chandra and D Gupta
33. Insecta: hymenoptera: Diapriidae and Proctotrupidae / K. Rajmohana and Sunita Patra
34. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Platygastroidea / K Rajmohana and Sunita Patra
35. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eucharitidae / P Girish Kumar and A P Ranjith
36. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae / P.M. Sureshan
37. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea / I Ahmed, kailash Chandra and Devanshu Gupta
38. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea: Braconidae / A P Ranjith, P. Girish Kumar and M. Nasser
39. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea: Ichneumonidae / Rameshkumar A, S Sardar, B Majumder, S I Kazmi and P C Mazumdar
40. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Chrysldoidea: Bethylidae, Chrysididae and Dryinidae / L R Kumar Sigh, I Ahmed, J Saini, Kailash Chandra and D Gupta
41. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Ampulicidae / P. Girish Kumar and P M. Sureshan
42. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apoidea (bees) / J Saini, K Chandra, D Gupta, I Ahmed and  Roni Kumar Singh
43. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Crabronidae / N V A Manadda, Tessy Rajan P, Girish Kumar and P M.  Sureshan
44. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Sphecidae / S Anagha, P Girish Kumar And  P M Sureshan
45. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae / Sheela S, Paromita M and Arnab M
46. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Mutillidae / J B. Terime, P. Girish Kumar and P M. Sureshan
47. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Scoliidae / P Girish Kumar
48. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Tiphiidae / K P Hanima Raveendran, P Girish Kumar and P M. Sureshan
49. Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Vespidae / P Girish Kumar
50. Insecta: Coleoptera / K Chandra, Devanshu Gupta, J Ghosh, D Bhunia and P Das
51. Insecta: Neuroptera and Megaloptera / L R Kumar Singh, I Ahmed, Kailash Chandra and D Gupta
52. Insecta: Trichoptera / Manptreet Singh Pandher, S Kaur and Deepti Garima
53. Insecta: Lepidoptera (Butterflies) /  Muhammed Jafer Palot
54. Insecta: Lepidoptera (Moths) / Apurve Das,  Arna Majumder, P C Pathania and Navneet Singh
55. Insecta: Diptera / Dhirti Banerjee, Atanu Naskar, Jayita Sengupta and Surjit Haza
56. Myriapoda: Chilopoda: Scolopendromorpha / PM Sureshan
57. Myripoda: Diplopoda / P M. Sureshan
58. Mollusca: Bivalvia / R. Venkitesan
59. Mollusca: Gastropoda / Basudev Tripathy and Sheikh Sajan
60. Pisces / S S Jadhav
61. Amphibia / K P Dinesh
62. Reptilia / Kaushik Deuti, Md Jafer Palot, P G S Sethy and Sagnik Sarkar
63. Aves / Muhammed Jafer Palot
64. Mammalia / Muhammed Jafer Palot and S S Talmale
Annexure: Parasitic Protoza, Archaeognatha, Zygentoma, Embiopta Mecoptera

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By: Kailash Chandra(Author), C Raghunathan(Author), Pavittu M Sureshan(Author), KA Subramanian(Author), Anjum Nasreen Rizvi(Author)
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