This book is the first comprehensive account of wetland faunal resources of West Bengal primarily meant for inventory of wetland faunal elements occurring in freshwater, brackishwater and costal ecosystems of the State. This document analyses species. In addition and species rivhness along with indicating endemic and threatened species. In addition, the present treatise has highlighted the threats to habitats and biodiversity and also included conservation and management needs to faunal resources of wetland ecosystem.
The collated and consolidated data contained in Wetland Faunal Diversity of West Bengal is systematically arranged as synoptic list of species in the inventory tables of animal species, beginning with microscopic protozoans to macroscopic invertebrated and then to fishes, amphibians, reptiles, brids mammals, showing the pathwayas of animal evolution. This precise and painstaking compilation reflects habital categorise, distributing data, reference and remarks regarding the status of various wetland inhabiting species. Furthermore, major threats, conservation and management issues are briefly discussed to indicate the challenges and to suggest specific apporaches requried for protection and safeguard of wetland environment of this State.