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    A badger in Bannerghatta: an opportunistic record of the Ratel Mellivora capensis (Schreber, 1776) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Mustelidae) from Karnataka, India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    A single observation of a Ratel Mellivora capensis has been photo-documented in Bannerghatta National Park on 2 November 2015. This record being the first contemporary evidence of badgers in this region of Karnataka, India, the paper also presents a case study of badgers being close to a highly human-dominated landscape which could be due to some ecological factors that may be conducive as a habitat within the Park. Though a resident population and distribution within the BNP could not be ascertained, it can be proposed that the region may be an extension of range of its most recently documented distribution in the Eastern Ghats landscape.
    Attribution
    Avinash Krishnan, Sunil Panwar, Aaranya Gayathri, Sagarika Phalke & Dilip Abani Venkateshaiah, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 5 (2016); pp. 8820–8823 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2587.8.5.8820-8823
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    New regional record and notes on historical specimens of Gunther Toad Duttaphrynus hololius with comments on other southeastern Indian congeners
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    We report on the finding of the Günther Toad Duttaphrynus hololius from Visakhapatnam and discuss aspects of its distribution based on our species distribution modeling. We also provide data on historically collected specimens and refine its intra-specific variation, provide an up-to-date chresonymy and comment on the validity of earlier reported diagnosis. Lastly, we remark on some misidentification-mediated dubious southern Indian records of another, related congener, the Marbled Toad D. stomaticus and correct some misallocations by referring them to another syntopic congener, the Dwarf Toad D. scaber.
    Attribution
    Srinivasulu B., Ganesh S.R., Srinivasulu C. (2013). Journal of Threatened Taxa 13(5) pp. 4784-4790; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o3621.4784-90
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    Diversity and community structure of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) associated with semi-urban fragmented agricultural land in the Malabar coast in southern India
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    Journal Article
    Description
    An evaluation of the diversity and community structure of dung beetles associated with semiurban agricultural land in the Malabar coast of southern India revealed that urbanization has led to decreased diversity compared to regional forests, and has affected the community status of dung beetles. However, contrary to expectations, species richness was observed to be equivalent to rural agricultural fields in the region. Low abundance of prominent agricultural habitat species indicates that the study area has changed as a result of habitat modification/urbanization, and the prevailing conditions are not ideal for the establishment of the most common species in agriculture belts. Prominence of two less common species, Tiniocellus spinipes and Caccobius vulcanus, indicates these generalist urban adaptable (synanthropic) species have become increasingly widespread and locally abundant. The low abundance of tunnelers and rollers is attributed to fragmentation of the urban agricultural belt, low mammalian diversity and dung availability, and the hard nature of the laterite soil in the Malabar coast region.
    Attribution
    Venugopal K.S., Thomas S.K., Flemming A.T. (2012). Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(4) pp. 2685-2692; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o3074.2685-92
  • Title
    Burmannia champion Thwaites (Dioscoreales: Burmanniaceae), a new addition to the flora of Karnataka
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    Burmannia championii Thwaites, is a small saphrophytic herb of family Burmanniaceae. This has been discovered from two locations in the central Western Ghats of Karnataka in southern India. Present report of Burmannia championii Thwaites forms a new addition to the flora of Karnataka.
    Attribution
    Mesta D.K., Hegde H.V., Upadhya V., Kholkute S.D. (2011). Journal of Threatened Taxa 1(3) pp. 1465-1468; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o2495.1465-8
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    Road kill of animals by highway traffic in the tropical forests of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, southern India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    Highways passing through natural reserves have adverse impact on wild animals. We evaluated the road kill of vertebrate fauna by vehicular traffic on highways at Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, southern India. In a fortnight’s survey over 248km across three public roads and opportunistic sampling method, a minimum of 180 road kills belonging to 40 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals were recorded between December 1998 and March 1999. Amphibians were the most affected taxa (53%) of road kills followed by reptiles (22%), mammals (18%); including a leopard (Panthera pardus) and birds (7%). Amphibians and reptiles are slow to react to vehicles and this along with the drivers’ ignorance probably leads to higher mortality among these species. Road kills are significantly higher on highway stretches along rivers than those without water bodies nearby. We suggest the construction of flyovers, speed limits, speed breakers and signposts along the highways to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortalities.
    Attribution
    Baskaran N., Boominathan D. (2010). Journal of Threatened Taxa 3(2) pp. 753-759; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o2101.753-9