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Indian Mammals: Checklist with Comments on Type Locality, Distribution, Conservation Status and Taxonomy

 
M.S. Pradhan (Author) S.S. Talmale (Author)
Synopsis

A checklist of species is an invaluable tool for both researchers and the interested public particularly when it is up dated from time to time. Latest revised edition of Mammal species of the World by Wilson and Reeder (2005) has became the current standard for mammalian taxonomy. However the additional information since 2005 coupled with the vast increase in taxonomic literature, has resulted in the need for the re-revised checklist particularly in context with Indian mammals. Students of mammalian taxonomy have made significant advances in recent years, especially with the advent and refinement of additional modern techniques. Moreover a significant number of new mammalian species have been described the information about which needs to be made available to the researchers. The objective of the current work is to compile the account of Indian mammalian species reported by Corbet and Hill (1992), Alfred et al.(2002), Wilson and Reeder (2005) and Nameer (2008) and present the updated checklist in light of the recent revisionary studies reported by number of workers at different times. The present work reports 420 species under 191 genera of 48 families in 14 mammalian orders within Indian territory.

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About the authors

M.S. Pradhan

Born in 1947 in Nagpur (Maharashtra State, India), Dr. M. S. Pradhan completed his earlier part of education upto Post-graduation in Zoology from Nagpur University. After successful doctoral studies on Bombay rats, he joined Zoological Survey of India, Pune, in Dec. 1976. After serving in various capacities in this premier organization for more than thirty years, he proceeded on superannuation in 2007. He was looking after mammals section during his entire service carrier. His assigned tasks were to conduct taxonomic research activities in small mammal species with special reference to rodents, chiropteran and insectivore species, to prepare inventories of mammal species from various assigned protected/non-protected areas in addition to the routine curatorial duties. His involvement in wildlife and EIA studies has also been noteworthy to such an extent that the law enforcement authorities including judiciary and educational institutions are consulting him in matters related with these subjects in mammalian and reptilian taxonomic identifications even after his superannuation. He has conducted/participated in more than 100 extensive faunistic surveys of long and/or short durations of protected and/or non-protected areas in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka States. The focus of his studies were concentrated mainly on mammal species of Western Ghats. While in service he has successfully completed independent research project on Chaemotaxonomic studies of rodent species from Wetsern Ghats. Some of the conclusions from this project led him to revise taxonomic studies of Genus Bandicota. Further, MOEF, New Delhi, funded project assigned to him resulted in a publication of a book on Validation of Threatened Mammal species of India. He has published, independently and/or jointly, more than 120 articles in scientific journals of national as well as international repute. He is one of the authors of four books published by Zoological Survey of India. Dr. Pradhan was Officer-in-Charge of Western Regional Station, Pune, for almost six years from 1996-2001. He retired as Scientist-SE (Jt. Director) from Zoological Survey of India on 31st January 2007.

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S.S. Talmale

Dr. S. S. Talmale is presently working as Assistant Zoologist in Zoological Survey of India, Central Zone Regional Centre, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. He did his M.Sc. from Nagpur University and completed Ph.D. (Zoology) from University of Pune on the title small mammal diversity in Maharashtra State under the guidance of Dr. M. S. Pradhan. He has contributed about 40 research papers on different faunal groups and two occasional papers on Indian small mammals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Mammals: Checklist with Comments on Type Locality, Distribution, Conservation Status and Taxonomy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.12.2012
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Nature Books India
Language: English
isbn 9789382258018
length vii+564p., Illustrations; Chiefly Colour; 25cm.