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Life Sciences - Ecology | Faunal Heritage of Rajasthan, India

Faunal Heritage of Rajasthan, India

General Background and Ecology of Vertebrates

Sharma, B.K., Kulshreshtha, Seema, Rahmani, Asad R. (Eds.)

2013, XXXI, 645 p. 619 illus., 485 illus. in color.

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  • This is the first ever scientific documentation of the faunal wealth of Rajasthan
  •  A significant contribution to knowledge in the field of animal ecology
  •  Implications for ecology and conservation in similar areas of the world
  • Foreword by Paul H Harvey, CBE, FRS, Professor & Head, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

This is the first ever monumental and scientific documentation of the faunal wealth of the Indian Desert state of Rajasthan. This volume, the first of two, provides background on Rajasthan and covers species diversity and distribution of fauna. A scholarly contribution to the field of knowledge, it provides novel and vital information on the vertebrate faunal heritage of India’s largest state.

Broadly falling under the Indo-Malaya Ecozone, the three major biomes of Rajasthan include deserts and xeric shrublands, tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests, and tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests. The corresponding ecoregions to the above biomes are, respectively, the Thar Desert and northwestern thorn scrub forests, the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests, and the Upper Gangtic Plains moist deciduous forests. Contrary to popular belief, the well-known Thar or Great Indian Desert occupies only a part of the state. Rajasthan is diagonally divided by the Aravalli mountain ranges into arid and semi-arid regions. The latter have a spectacular variety of highly diversified and unique yet fragile ecosystems comprising lush green fields, marshes, grasslands, rocky patches and hilly terrains, dense forests, the southern plateau, fresh water wetlands, and salt lakes.

Apart from the floral richness, there is faunal abundance from fishes to mammals. In this volume, the various flagship and threatened species are described in the 24 chapters penned by top notch wildlife experts and academics. The world famous heronry, tiger reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and some threat-ridden biodiversity rich areas shall certainly draw the attention of readers from around the world.          

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Thar Desert - UNESCO - desert - fauna - tiger reserve - vertebrate

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

Dedication-1.- Dedication-2.- Foreword.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Table of Contents.- Contributors.- Part I: Unveiling the Vivacious Rajasthan.- The Majestic Rajasthan: An Introduction.- Physiography and Biological Diversity of Rajasthan.- Historical, Socio-cultural and Mythological Aspects of Faunal Conservation in Rajasthan.- An Anthropological Account of Bonhomie and Opprobrium between Communities and Animals in Rajasthan.- Fossil Records of Rajasthan-. Part II: Faunal Ecology: An Insight-Piscifauna and Herpetofauna.- Ichthyofauna of Rajasthan.- Chelonian Status and Conservation in Rajasthan.- Important species of Lizards in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan.- Natural History Observations on the Indian Spiny-tailed Lizard (Uromastyx hardwickii) in the Thar Desert.- Ophidians of Rajasthan.- Part III: Faunal Ecology: An Insight-Avifauna.- Conservation of Bustards with Special Reference to Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps): The State Bird of Rajasthan.- Distribution, Status and Conservation of Lesser Florican Spheotides indica in Rajasthan.- Status and Distribution of Raptors in Rajasthan.- White-napped Tit Parus nuchalis - A vulnerable Species in Rajasthan.- Part IV: Faunal Ecology: An Insight-The Mammal Conglomerate.- Non-human Primates of Rajasthan.- Status of Tiger in Rajasthan.- Status, Distribution and Conservation of Leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) in Rajasthan.- Small Cats of Rajasthan.- Major Canids of Rajasthan.- The Status and Conservation of Sloth Bears in Rajasthan.- Chiropteran Fauna of Rajasthan-Taxonomy, Distribution and Status.- Non-Volant Small Mammals of Rajasthan.Squirrels of Rajasthan with special reference to Elliot’s Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista petaurista philippensis.-Wild Ungulates in Rajasthan.- Appendices.- Glossary.- Further Reading.- Index.- The Book and Its Audience.- About the Editors.

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