New Stone Loach from Western Ghats

Balitora chipkali, a new species of stone loach, is described from the westward-flowing Astoli tributary of the Kali River system in the northern part of the Western Ghats, India. The species differs from its congeners in a combination of characters that includes: a single pair of maxillary barbels; a large eye, of diameter greater than.. read more →

New paper on the effectiveness of protected areas for freshwater dependent fauna in Western Ghats

More than half of Kerala’s endemic and threatened freshwater biodiversity occurs outside protected areas More than half of Kerala’s endemic freshwater-dependent fauna (fish, shrimp, crab, amphibians and odonates) occur outside the current Protected Area network, revealed a study published last week in the international journal – Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. The paper, a.. read more →

Paper on Wild meat (including freshwater fish) utilization by local communities in the Western Ghats

Wildlife utilization in the tropics is massive, with nearly 5 million tons of bushmeat consumed by local communities. In India, a megadiversity nation, hunting although illegal is widespread among indigenous communities. However, the extent, frequency, and rationale for hunting, and factors influencing wildlife utilization are poorly known. Our study, based on 19 different indigenous communities in the Western.. read more →

New fish species named in honour of South Indian Conservation Biologist

A new species of cyprinid fish of the genus Pethia described from the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot has been named in honour of Dr. Sanjay Molur, Executive Director of Zoo Outreach Organization (ZOO) in Coimbatore, India. The new species Pethia sanjaymoluri was described from the Pavana River in the state of Maharashtra in the northern.. read more →