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I chose this road for photo-documentation to see the difference in flora and fauna of this rain shadow draught prone area and that of Rock outcrops of same Satara district - Kas, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Chalkewadi etc. It was an year of amazing experience 2014-15.
TO study the origin of tree spp from the field guide books by Dr. Mahajan written in Marathi, I documented both native and non-native spp in bloom.
I came to know that I had taken some common spp for granted as native.
This is a pdf which contains flowering non native trees and other habit plants during 2015-16.
Pune city - a largest city in WG, has maximum green cover and tree bio-diversity.
I am fortunate to live in this city.
I tried to photodocument the flowering trees during 2015-16 year round.
I have segregated the species into native and exotic (non-native)
This pdf contains flowers of native spp.
Kas plateau which is a Rock Outcrop in the Dist Satara of Maharashtra state, is under severe threat because of excessive uncontrolled tourism.
It is a World Heritage Site and a Biodiversity Hotspot.
It has some endemic species which are found nowhere else.
I tried to do an year-round photo-documentation during 2014-2015 of its flora and fauna.
Once untouched pristine beauty of this region has become a tourist attraction and everything coming under that.
This pdf contains special features of this plateau.
A Leucistic Indian Rock Python, Python molurus (Linnaeus 1758), from Andhra Pradesh, India
The Indian Rock Python, Python molurus (Linnaeus 1758), is a large non-venomous snake found in much of tropicaland subtropical southern and southeastern Asia. The species is widely distributed on the Indian Subcontinent (Smith 1943;Das 2002; Whitaker and Captain 2004, 2008) and has been categorized as Schedule-I in the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, is listed in CITES Appendix I (CITES 2016), but has not been assessed for the IUCN Red List since the recent elevation of P. bivittatus (Jacobs et al. 2009), which had been considered a subspecies of P. molurus.
Species Diversity of Short Horned Grasshopper (Orthoptera - Acrididae) in Selected Grasslands of Solapur District, Maharashtra, India
In the class insects, grasshopper is one of the largest and diverse group. They are dominant above ground
invertebrates in cultivated and in natural grasslands ecosystems and they are functionally important. For the first time
survey and collection of short horned grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) was carried out from selected grasslands of
Solapur district, Maharashtra, India.
Short horned grasshopper species were surveyed in selected grasslands of Solapur district, Maharashtra, India. 7
species belonging to 7 different genera i.e. Acrida, Gastrimargus, Trilophidia, Catantops, Calaptenopsis, Chrotogonus
and Atractomorpha and 4 different subfamilies Tryxalinae, Cedipodinae, Catantopinae and Pyrgomorphinae were
Department of Zoology, Nowrosjee Wadia College of Arts and Science, University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra
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A new cavernicolous assassin bug of the genus Bagauda Bergroth (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Emesinae) from the Western Ghats, India
A new cavernicolous, thread-legged assassin bug, Bagauda ernstmayri sp. nov. (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae:
Emesinae), collected from a cave near Satara, in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, is described. Its interaction with the web of an uloborid spider Zosis geniculata (Olivier, 1789) (Araneae: Uloboridae) is discussed.
The genus Impatiens (Balsaminaceae) in the northern and parts of central Western Ghats
The genus Impatiens L. comprises over 1,000 species worldwide. It is represented by c. 210 species in India and
most of them are either endemic to the Himalaya or Western Ghats. We have studied the genus in the Northern
and parts of Central Western Ghats. We report here 26 species and 2 varieties including a new species with
detailed descriptions, illustrations, distribution, critical note, updated nomenclature and IUCN threat status.
Arborescent Angiosperms of Mundanthurai Range in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) of the southern Western Ghats, India
Abstract: The present study was carried out to document the diversity of arborescent angiosperm taxa of MundanthuraiRange in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) of the southern Western Ghats in India. During the floristicsurvey carried out from January 2008 to December 2010, a total of 247 species and intraspecific taxa of trees and shrubsrepresenting 175 genera in 65 families were recorded. The most speciose families are Euphorbiaceae (27 spp.), Rubiaceae (17 spp.), Myrtaceae (14 spp.), Lauraceae (13 spp.) and Annonaceae (11 spp.). Of the 247 taxa, 27 species are endemic only to this region which includes Agasthiyamalaia pauciflora, Elaeocarpus venustus, Garcinia travancorica, Gluta travancorica, Goniothalamus rhynchantherus, Homalium travancoricum, Homaium jainii, Orophea uniflora, Phlogacanthus albiflorus, Polyalthia shendurunii, Symplocos macrocarpa and Symplocos sessilis. This clearly signifies that this range is relevant to the conservation of the local flora.
Mushroom diversity of Konkan region of Maharashtra, India
The forays conducted in the diverse habitats of the Konkan region of Maharashtra for four consecutive monsoon seasons during
2008–2012, revealed the occurrence of 29 mushrooms. Among the collected mushrooms, six belonged to the family Agaricaceae, five to
Lyophyllaceae, two each to Pleurotaceae, Hygrophoraceae, Marasmiaceae and Tricholomataceae; one each to Phallaceae, Physalacriaceae,
Xylariaceae, Tremellaceae, Sclerodermataceae, Decrymycetaceae, Cantharellaceae, Entolomaceae, Plutaceae and Ganodermataceae. The
morphology of Tremella, Dictyophora, Daldinia, Pisolithus and Calocera were quite distinct and interesting.