Visitors from Natural History Museum and University of Kelaniya

Dr. Ralf Britz from the Natural History Museum (London) and Hiranya Sudasinghe from the University of Kelaniya (Sri Lanka) are visiting to undertake collaborative work on the taxonomy of several group of freshwater fishes of India and Sri Lanka. read more →

New paper on sustainability of small-scale fisheries in Western Ghats

Small, least conspicuous fish species are targeted through subsistence fisheries in many regions of the world, but little is known about their population dynamics or exploitation levels. In the Western Ghats of India, part of a global biodiversity hotspot and an exceptional region of freshwater fish diversity and endemism, several small species of loaches are.. read more →

Do frogs really eat cardamom? Understanding the myth of crop damage by amphibians in the Western Ghats, India

In a new paper published in Ambio, Rajeev Raghavan and colleagues examine the age-old myth of frogs consuming cardamom in plantations across the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13280-017-0908-8 read more →

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 →