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  • Title
    First record of Speculitermes chadaensis Chatterjee & Thapa, 1964 (Isoptera: Termitidae) from the Western Ghats, India

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    Journal Article
    Description
    Speculitermes chadaensis Chatterjee & Thapa, 1964, a termite species under Termitidae family is reported for the first time from the Western Ghats. A distribution map of the species is also provided.
    Attribution
    Poovoli Amina, K. Rajmohana & K.V. Bhavana, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9042–9044 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2933.8.7.9042-9044
  • Title
    Notes on the occurrence of Mortonagrion aborense Laidlaw, 1914 (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) from lower West Bengal, India
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    Journal Article
    Description
    A new distribution record of an Odonata species from lower West Bengal. Mortonagrion aborense laidlaw, 1914 is recorded for the first time from Purba Medinipur district, lower West Bengal. Previously the species was recorded only from north-east India (Mizoram, West Bengal, Assam and Nagaland). Diagnostic characters with photographic details of male anal appendages are also given for easy identification of this rare damselfly species.
    Attribution
    Arajush Payra & Ashish D. Tiple, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9038–9041 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.1992.8.7.9038-9041
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    On the distribution of Aeshna petalura Martin, 1908 (Odonata: Anisoptera: Aeshnidae) in the Indian subcontinent
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    Journal Article
    Description
    Aeshna petalura Martin, is documented for the first time from the high ranges of the eastern Himalaya (above 4,000m) and also a new record from the Tawang Region of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The description of the species along with a distribution range map is also provided. The type locality and distribution within India is also discussed.
    Attribution
    R. Babu & G. Srinivasan, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9034–9037 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2932.8.7.9034-9037
  • Title
    A century later: Tricolored Pied Flat Coladenia indrani uposathra Fruhstorfer, 1911 (Hesperiidae: Pyrginae) and Crenulate Oakblue Apporasa atkinsoni Hewitson, 1869 (Lycaenidae: Theclinae) reported from Manipur, India
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    Journal Article
    Description
    The present paper reports the rediscovery of the Tricolored Pied Flat Coladenia indrani uposathra Fruhstorfer, 1911 and Crenulated Oakblue Apporasa atkinsoni Hewitson, 1869 after about 99 years after they were sighted by Tytler (1915) in Irang river and Sebong of Manipur, North East India. C. i. uposathra was sighted a Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) and Heibok hills of Imphal valley on 4th and 16th May 2014 and A. atkinsoni was sighted Munnom village at Yaingangpokpi Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary (YLWS) on 8th December 2015. A. atkinsoni is protected under schedule II of Indian (Wildlife) Protection Act 1972. The rediscovery of such very rare species in Manipur shows that more survey is needed in hills and valley regions of Manipur to know the butterfly fauna of the region.
    Attribution
    Baleshwor Singh Soibam, Harmenn Huidrom & Jatishwor Singh Irungbam, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9030–9033 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2732.8.7.9030-9033
  • Title
    A recent record of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin Sousa chinensis (Osbeck, 1765), (Mammalia: Cetartiodactyla: Delphinidae) from the western shores of Kachchh, Gujarat, India
    Type
    Journal Article
    Description
    A total of six individuals of S.chinensis were observed near the Jakhau creek, which is the western part of Gulf of Kachchh. The GPS location of the sighting is 23°14’28.5” N and 68°35’54.0" E. The dolphins were spotted in the mid-high tide time on 03 December 2014 at 9.53 hrs (IST). These dolphins were found less than 10 m away from the shore at a depth of 1-10 m. The dolphins were observed for a time period of 20 minutes. The dolphins while leaping continuously, kept following the boat for sometime and approaching as close as five meters during certain occasions. These dolphins were also observed at the same time on the same location on the following day. A questionnaire survey with nearby fishermen had confirmed that these dolphins were seen in this part of Gujarat during winter. Therefore, it is assumed that weather condition and prey availability is favorable for this species during this period. This is the first record of S. chinensis in western shore of Kachchh district detailed study regarding the distribution of this species is required across the creek system of Western Kachchh.
    Attribution
    Devanshi Kukadia, Mayurdan K. Gadhavi, N. Gokulakannan, G.V. Gopi, Gautam Talukdar & K. Sivakumar, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9024–9026 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2062.8.7.9024-9026
  • Title
    A first note on foliicolous lichens of Assam, India
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    Journal Article
    Description
    A first note on foliicolous lichens of Assam enumerating 26 species belonging to 15 genera and eight families are provided. Four species viz., Bacidina apiahica, Byssoloma chlorinum, Calopadia fusca and Strigula nitidula are reported for the first time from Assam. A number of rare species are present, including Aulaxina uniseptata, Calenia aspidota and Psorotheciopsis patellarioides.
    Attribution
    Pooja Gupta & G.P. Sinha, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9014–9023 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.1882.8.7.9014-9023
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    Seed germination studies on Gymnacranthera canarica (King) Warb. - a Vulnerable tree species of a highly threatened Myristica swamp ecosystem
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    Journal Article
    Description
    Gymnacranthera canarica (King) Warb. is an exclusive Myristica swamp species endemic to the Western Ghats. The Myristica swamp is a Critically Endangered ecosystem. Studies were carried out to assess the viability, germination and storage behaviour of Gymnacranthera canarica seeds. In the present study, it was observed that seeds have shown an initiation of germination after two weeks. A maximum of 90% germination was recorded when the initial moisture content was 38.04 ± 1.75 %. A decreased percentage (3%) was observed when the moisture content reached 14.26 ± 2.3 after 70 days of storage. Seeds failed to germinate beyond this moisture level. A desiccation study showed recalcitrant behaviour and seeds can be stored in lab conditions for up to two and half months.
    Attribution
    K. Keshavachandra & G. Krishnakumar, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9009–9013 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2152.8.7.9009-9013
  • Title
    Noteworthy additions to the flora of Uttarakhand, western Himalaya, India

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    Journal Article
    Description
    During recent botanical explorations, we recorded three interesting plant species from the alpine regions (>3500m) of the Uttarakhand State in the western Himalaya. After a detailed scrutiny of the literature and herbarium specimens, we ascertain their identity and report them as additions to the flora of Uttarakhand. In this paper descriptions of these species along with their phenology, distribution, photographs, ecology and phytogeographical notes have been presented.
    Attribution
    Ishwari D. Rai, Gajendra Singh & Gopal S. Rawat, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 9004–9008 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2607.8.7.9004-9008
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    Can philately sensitise people to wildlife / conservation? An introduction to thematic philately and a visual treatise concerning the variety of philatelic material available on owls (Aves: Strigiformes)
    Type
    Journal Article
    Attribution
    M. Eric Ramanujam, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 8989–9003 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2479.8.7.8989-9003
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    An updated checklist of shrimps on the Indian coast
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    Journal Article
    Description
    This study reports an updated checklist of marine shrimps found along the Indian coast, including the Lakshadweep and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. A total of 364 species classified under 128 genera belonging to the order Decapoda is reported, thus adding 27 species to the existing checklist of 337 species. Marine shrimps are classified under two suborders of the order Decapoda, viz., Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata, and the two suborders account for 155 (42.6 %) and 209 species (57.4 %) of these 364 species, respectively. Pleocyemata is represented by three infraorders, viz., Axiidea, Caridea and Stenopodidea, while Caridea has a maximum of 199 reported species. Among the 12 superfamilies, Penaeoidea contributed to 38.13% (135 species) followed by Paleaemonidea with 18.07% (64 species). All other superfamilies were found to contribute less than 12%. Superfamilies, Bresilloidea and Psalidopodoidea had only single species representatives (0.28% each). The final list was compiled after reviewing all existing literature including monographs, catalogues, checklists, websites and fishery reports. The scientific names were validated with the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) database. A total of 25 issues were identified from the previous checklist out of which 19 species have been updated with the correct, accepted names and six species have been removed from the previous list.
    Attribution
    Vijay Kumar Deepak Samuel, Chemmencheri Ramakrishnan Sreeraj, Pandian Krishnan, Chermapandi Parthiban, Veeramuthu Sekar, Kanagaraj Chamundeeswari, Titus Immanuel, Patro Shesdev, Ramachandran Purvaja & Ramachandran Ramesh, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 8977–8988 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2628.8.7.8977-8988
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    An assessment of human-elephant conflict and associated ecological and demographic factors in Nilambur, Western Ghats of Kerala, southern India
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    Journal Article
    Description
    Elephant conservation carries cost in the form of human-elephant conflict and affects the wellbeing of people living near ecologically important areas. Conflicts impart serious challenges towards the survival of Asian Elephants, which are categorized as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Issues of wildlife conservation are least addressed in areas with less restricted categories of protection. Hence an attempt was made to evaluate the intensity of elephant conflict and factors associated with its occurrence in villages with forest fringes of North and South Forest Divisions of Nilambur, Kerala, southern India. It was hypothesized that variables such as number of houses, area of village, livestock population, forest frontage, and presence of water source along the forest boundary abutting the village to be the underlying correlates of conflict. Field studies were conducted fortnightly from June 2014 to May 2015, by visiting farms and households of 17 selected forest fringe villages. Observational methods, questionnaire surveys and secondary data collection were employed for this purpose. A total of 277 incidents of crop depredation, 12 incidents of property damage, three human injuries, and one human death due to conflict were recorded during this period. Crop raiding was highest during post monsoon season and it was low during pre-monsoon and monsoon seasons. Multiple linear regression results suggest that forest frontage and livestock population were significant predictors of conflict incidence. Information regarding the prime causes of conflict will be helpful for planning strategies for the establishment of appropriate mitigation methods. The present study serves as baseline information which will be helpful for formulating prospective management plans.
    Attribution
    C.K. Rohini, T. Aravindan, P.A. Vinayan, M. Ashokkumar & K.S. Anoop Das, Journal of Threatened Taxa, Vol 8, No 7 (2016); pp. 8970–8976 http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/jott.2536.8.7.8970-8976
  • Title
    Indian scientists find a ‘wonder herb’ in the high Himalayas
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    Report
    Description
    Rhodiola roseacommonlygolden root,rose rootwas spotted from Badrinath.
    Attribution
    The Times of India