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Padhye S.M.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society | Dumont H.J.,Jinan University | Dumont H.J.,Ghent University
Journal of Limnology | Year: 2014

We assessed the species richness of Cladocera of the Western Ghats and surrounding areas of Maharashtra and Goa. Data of 230 samples from about 80 localities collected between 2009 and 2013 revealed 51 species in six families. Non-parametric estimators of species richness, Chao 2 and Jackknife 2, estimated the real total at 58 and 63 species, suggesting a coverage of 80% of the total species of the area. This fauna was compared with that of other countries from the Oriental region and found to be relatively species-poor, which is not in line with the biodiversity rich area status of the Western Ghats. Reasons for this are unclear. Complementarity among the cladoceran faunas of different countries belonging to the Oriental region increased with latitude and altitude. Along with the complementarity index, a comparison of family and generic occurrences of Cladocera revealed that family-level representation was similar between countries but species occurrences (like Daphnia species) varied. The subgenus Daphnia was reported only from Nepal while Ctenodaphnia was common in all countries of the Indian region. Biogeographically, the fauna was mainly composed of wide-ranging tropical species, mixed with some rare Palaearctic elements. Only two species were endemic to India. Of another one, the closest relative lives in Yucatan, Mexico, and thus has a tropical Amphi-Pacific distribution. © 2015 Cladocera of the northern Western Ghats, India Allrights received.


Padhye S.M.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society | Dumont H.J.,Ghent University | Dumont H.J.,Jinan University
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

We describe and figure Moina hemanti sp. nov. from ephemeral pools on the campus of Pune University, India. Although the pools flood during the monsoon, the moinid only appears irregularly and for a short period of time. In morphology, it is extremely close to Moina dumonti from Mexico and Cuba. This geographic gap remains unexplained for the time being, although more similar cases among cladocerans are on record. Molecular analysis has suggested that M. hemanti is relatively close to Moinodaphnia, and might form a genus in its own right, presumably together with M. dumonti. The latter, however, remains to be analyzed. Further candidates for this clade are Moina oryzae and M. rostrata, if the presence of an ocellus and/or a rostrum can be shown to be apomorphies. Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press.


Siliwal M.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society | Raven R.J.,Queensland Museum
ZooKeys | Year: 2010

The genus Haploclastus is represented by eight species in India. In this paper, we synonymise Haploclastus robustus Pocock, 1900 with H. validus Pocock, 1899. H. himalayensis Tikader, 1977 is transferred to the genus Chilobrachys based on a generic character, the presence of enlarged paddle setae on prolateral side of maxillae. We provide additional information on morphometry and photographs of the palp and stridulatory setae that are lacking in the original description.


Siliwal M.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society | Kumar R.S.,Wildlife Institute of India | Raven R.,Queensland Museum
Arthropoda Selecta | Year: 2014

Atypus wii sp.n. (♂), the second Indian representative of the genus, is described from Uttarakhand. The new species differs from A. sutherlandi Chen-nappaiya, 1935, the only Indian congener known hitherto, by carapace, chelicerae and legs being brown and darker in colour; longer scutum; embolus as long as the conductor and not exceeding beyond conductor length and spines present on all metatarsi and tarsi II-IV. © 2014 Arthropoda Selecta.


PubMed | Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society and University of Birmingham
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Zootaxa | Year: 2015

Members of the chydorid genus Kurzia Dybowski & Grochowski, 1894 (Branchiopoda: Anomopoda) are typically known from the Holarctic and the Neotropics (Rajapaska & Fernando 1986; Hudec 2000; Elmoor-Loureiro 2002; Kotov, 2004). One representative of the sub genus Kurzia, Kurzia (Kurzia) latissima (Kurz 1875) has been reported from India, in the Oriental Zone. These reports either have unreliable or no illustrations (Rane, 1983; Michael & Sharma 1988; Padhye & Dumont 2015). Recently, Chatterjee et al. (2013) have stated that records of K. latissima from India appear morphologically similar to K. latissima s.str. but have not elaborated on it. The aim of this correspondence is to present an initial diagnosis and provide illustrations of a Kurzia latissima-like population from the Northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra Province, India, along with comments on its distribution.


Padhye S.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society | Padhye S.,University of Pune | Rabet N.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | Ghate H.,Modern College
Zootaxa | Year: 2015

An updated inventory of large branchiopods of the Western Maharashtra state, India is presented for the first time. Employing current identification keys, we have detailed the egg morphology of Eulimnadia indocylindrova, which shares some similarities with E. geayi from South America and E. alluaudi from Madagascar, based on these egg characters. A thorough re-description of few morphological traits of the same species is also presented. We also have described the female of a Cyzicus species seen rarely from the studied region. Distributional comments on few species are also reported. Copyright © 2015 Magnolia Press.


Christopher Rogers D.,University of Kansas | Padhye S.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society
Journal of Crustacean Biology | Year: 2015

The large branchiopod crustaceans (fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, and clam shrimp) of India have been examined with varying degrees of scientific rigour since the late 1800s. Although 86 nominal species have been reported for India, the validity of many is in question - particularly for the clam shrimp. Most Indian endemic taxa are poorly described; some lack type material or the type material has been lost. Most recent revisions of key groups have made no attempt to validate identifications using existing type material, or even to procure topotype material.Worse, recent reviews treat old synonyms as valid names without any analysis or explanation.We provide a review of the taxa from the Indian subcontinent (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) taking a strongly conservative approach to assessing the reported species.We recognize only 42 species: 16 anostracans, 2 notostracans, 3 laevicaudatans, 21 spinicaudatans (with reservations), and a single species of cyclestherid. This should establish a base point for future work on the branchiopods of the subcontinent. © 2015. Published by Brill NV, Leiden.


Sameer P.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society | Sameer P.,Commerce and Science College | Hemant V.G.,Post Graduate Research Center
Zootaxa | Year: 2016

We describe a new species of Leptestheria from a rock pool in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. This species is distinguished from all other Indian congeners by its distinct telson characters and occipital condyle. We also present a comparative table of useful morphological characters of all described Indian Leptestheria species. Copyright © 2016 Magnolia Press.


PubMed | Jinan University and Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Zootaxa | Year: 2014

We describe and figure Moina hemanti sp. nov. from ephemeral pools on the campus of Pune University, India. Although the pools flood during the monsoon, the moinid only appears irregularly and for a short period of time. In morphology, it is extremely close to Moina dumonti from Mexico and Cuba. This geographic gap remains unexplained for the time being, although more similar cases among cladocerans are on record. Molecular analysis has suggested that M. hemanti is relatively close to Moinodaphnia, and might form a genus in its own right, presumably together with M. dumonti. The latter, however, remains to be analyzed. Further candidates for this clade are Moina oryzae and M. rostrata, if the presence of an ocellus and/or a rostrum can be shown to be apomorphies.


Padhye S.M.,Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society | Victor R.,Sultan Qaboos University
Annales de Limnologie | Year: 2015

Species diversity and distribution of Cladocera in the freshwater rock pools of the northern Western Ghats have been reported. Fifty-nine samples collected from 12 different localities contained 22 species belonging to five families. Chydoridae was the most species rich family with 12 species followed by Daphniidae with five species. Species of the genus Alona were relatively rare, but two other alonines, Leydigia (N.) ciliata and Karualona cf. karua were commonly observed. Congeneric species never co-occurred in the same pool. Distributional maps and taxonomic comments are presented for the commonly observed species. Jaccard's similarity index (CJ) comparing localities showed overall similarity. © EDP Sciences, 2015.

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