EDGE Community

Dr Karthikeyan Vasudevan
  • Researcher
[General description section]
I am a scientist at the Department of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. I have been involved in field research of reptiles and amphibians in India for more than fifteen years.

My research interests are identifying drivers of herpetofaunal endemism, ecology of endangered herp species, development of field techniques for the study of rare and endangered species. I am presently the Co-Chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group four south Asia region excluding Sri Lanka.
Wildlife Institute of India
Position within organisation

This project aims to discover more about the ecology of this elusive and recently described frog.

Relevant species

Described in 2003, this species is the sole member of the first new frog family to be discovered since 1926!

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Research interests
Field herpetology; conservation biology; community ecology; systematics of amphibians of south Asia.
Relevant publications
V. Deepak, ---, B. Pandav. 2008. Observations on the feeding ecology of cane turtle (Vijayachelys sylvatica). Hamadryad. In press.

---, A. Kumar, Ravi Chellam & B.R. Noon. 2008. Density and diversity of forest floor amphibians in the rainforests of the southern Western Ghats, India. Herpetologica. In press.

R. Naniwadekar & K. Vasudevan. 2007. Patterns in diversity of anurans along an elevational gradient in the Western Ghats, south India. Journal of Biogeography. 34: 843-852.

K. Vasudevan, A. Kumar and R. Chellam. 2006. Species Turnover: the case of stream amphibians of rainforests in the Western Ghats, Southern India. Biodiversity and Conservation.15: 3515-3525.

B.R. Noon, N.M. Ishwar, K. Vasudevan. 2006. Evaluating adaptive cluster sampling: Application to terrestrial herpetofauna in tropical rainforests, south India. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 34(1): 59-68.

M.S. Chaitra, K. Vasudevan & K. Shanker. 2004. The biodiversity bandwagon: the splitters have it. Current Science 86(7): 897-899.

S.K. Dutta, K. Vasudevan, M.S. Chaitra, K. Shanker & R.K. Aggarwal. 2004. Jurassic frogs and the evolution of amphibian endemism in the Western Ghats. Current Science 86(1): 211-216.

--- 2003. A report on the sexual dimorphism in Rana temporalis (Gunther 1854). Hamadryad 27(2): 276-280.

S.P. Vijayakumar, ---, and N.M. Ishwar. 2001. Herpetofaunal mortality on roads in the Anamalai Hills, southern Western Ghats. Hamadryad 26(2): 253-260.

--- 2001. A foot flagging frog from the Western Ghats. Cobra 44: 25-29.

--- & S.K. Dutta. 2000. A new species of Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from the Western Ghats, India. Hamadryad 25(1): 21-28.

---, Ajith Kumar, and Ravi Chellam. 2000. Structure and composition of rainforest floor amphibian communities in Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve. Current Science 80(3): 406-412.

---, 1999. Reproductive ecology of gangetic soft-shell turtle Aspideretes gangeticus in Chambal. Chelonian Conservation Biology 3(1) 96-99.

---, 1998. Nesting ecology of mugger Crocodylus palustris in Amaravathi, Tamil Nadu. Hamadyrad 22(2): 107-110.

---, 1997. Rediscovery of the Black Microhylid frog, Melanobatrachus indicus (Beddome 1878). Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 94: 170.
Wildlife Institute of India,
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