Faunal Heritage of Rajasthan, India

General Background and Ecology of Vertebrates

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

  • 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
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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.

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“The compendium is a valuable contribution of lasting value to the ecology of Rajasthan despite its primary focus on vertebrate fauna. … the book will be enjoyed by zoologists, ecologists, conservationists, wildlife managers, and by many people from outside the State of Rajasthan who will gain useful insights into its natural heritage.” (Brij Gopal, International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 41 (1-2), 2015)


Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • The Majestic Rajasthan: An Introduction

    Kulshreshtha, Seema (et al.)

    Pages 3-37

  • Physiography and Biological Diversity of Rajasthan

    Sharma, B. K. (et al.)

    Pages 39-166

  • Historical, Sociocultural, and Mythological Aspects of Faunal Conservation in Rajasthan

    Sharma, B. K. (et al.)

    Pages 167-212

  • An Anthropological Account of Bonhomie and Opprobrium between Communities and Animals in Rajasthan

    Kothari, Bela (et al.)

    Pages 213-225

  • Fossil Records of Rajasthan

    Mathur, U. B.

    Pages 227-254

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eBook $219.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Faunal Heritage of Rajasthan, India
Book Subtitle
General Background and Ecology of Vertebrates
Editors
  • B.K. Sharma
  • Seema Kulshreshtha
  • Asad R. Rahmani
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0800-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0800-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0799-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5189-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 645
Number of Illustrations and Tables
134 b/w illustrations, 485 illustrations in colour
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