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Pune | Nov 13, 2020
Meet the new tiger moths discovered from the Western Ghats of Maharashtra

The four species of newly-discovered tiger moths. Left to right: First row: O. suryamal rekhaeO. suryamal. Second row: O. zedesi and O. ghatmatha [Image credits: Aparna Kalawate]

Thus hath the candle sing'd the moth.
O, these deliberate fools! When they do choose,
They have the wisdom by their wit to lose.

Science
Bengaluru | Oct 19, 2020
Researchers discover three new species of damselflies in the Western Ghats

(a) Shola reedtail (Protosticta sholai) [Image credits: K. A. Subramanian]; (b) blue-legged reedtail (Protosticta cyanofemora) [Image credits: Shantanu Joshi]; (c) Myristica reedtail (Protosticta myristicaensis) [Image credits: Shantanu Joshi]

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Dharwad | Sep 17, 2020
Frog tales: Finding an alter ego a thousand kilometer away

Eastern Ghat Cricket Frog [Image credits: Prudhvi Raj]

Researchers discover a visibly different individual of the Eastern Ghats cricket frogs, in the Western Ghats

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Sep 9, 2020
Unravelling cryptic frogs of Western Ghats

Some cryptic species of frogs in the Western Ghats (Left Top: Indirana semipalamata (Image credits: Saunak Pal), Left-Bottom: Indirana beddomii (Image Credits: Saunak Pal), Right-Top:

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 18, 2019
Scientists discover two endemic termite species in the Western Ghats of Kerala

In a recent study, scientists have discovered two new species in the Western Ghats of Kerala, India. To date, this group of termites has been documented only in the Western Ghats of India. The termite species were named after Sri K.A. Dineshan and Sri. Manikandan Nair of the Zoological Survey of India, Kozhikode, who collected the samples from the field and contributed greatly to the entire faunal survey.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 11, 2019
Driven by curiosity, a study provides a peep into how Brown mongooses feed

In a recent study, Mr Kamath, now a researcher at Gubbi Labs, Bengaluru, along with Dr Seshadri KS, a researcher at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Tamil Nadu, has reported the feeding behaviour of Brown mongoose. Though accidental, the study adds knowledge about some previously unknown behavioural aspects of these elusive mongooses. It is published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 7, 2019
Study provides insights into natural radioactivity in the Western Ghats

In a recent study, researchers from Sai Nath University, Ranchi, and Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, set out to quantify the impacts of natural radioactivity on the surrounding environment in the Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Radiation Research and Applied Sciences.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 5, 2019
Study explores how blood parasites spread among birds in the Western Ghats

Avian malaria or bird malaria has been linked to significant declines in captive and wild birds, such as penguins and Hawaiian forest birds. Common blood parasites, like Plasmodium that spread through mosquitoes and Haemoproteus that are transmitted through louse flies and biting midges, cause the disease in birds.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 30, 2019
Tracing black gold: Piper’s journey to India

A team of researchers from the ATREE, Bengaluru, Concordia University, Canada, Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, Canada, and Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Kerala, have traced the biogeographical origins of Piper genus in India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 24, 2019
Researchers discover a new species of vine snake from the Western Ghats that dates back 26 million years

The team of researchers, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru were attempting to study and classify snakes in the Western Ghats systematically. That's when they came across Proahaetulla antiqua, which is endemic to the southern Western Ghats. What's more interesting is that it is an ancient species, thought to have evolved around 26 million years ago during the mid-Oligocene. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
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