Animal handling and basic taxonomy of amphibians and reptiles

Varad Giri   Nikhil Gaitonde   Akshay Khandekar   Basic • Taxonomy, Amphibians, Reptiles, Hands on training • 25 Seats • Long • Starts at 09:00 - 16:30 on DAY 3

Conservation strategies for the smaller vertebrates like amphibians and reptiles will not be effective without proper understanding about their taxonomy, distribution, status and ecology. Although, India has a rich and endemic diversity of amphibians and reptiles, this is one of the neglected and least studies groups of vertebrates with a few ‘takers’. From the last two decades, this field is metamorphosing, not only in terms of path breaking scientific findings, which are opening new avenues for advanced research but ‘revived’ interest among youths with diverse interests also. This new influx of researchers / amateurs, who are dedicatedly interested in amphibians and reptiles, if channeled properly, will bring revised understanding about this charismatic group, leading to measurable conservation initiatives.

Earlier most of the research was taxonomy oriented but in this changing scenario efforts are being made towards some dedicated natural history or ecological studies. One of the biggest requirement and impediment for such studies is a strong taxonomic foundation. Unlike other higher vertebrates, there are limited taxonomic resources for Indian amphibians and reptiles. Thus, the aim of this workshop is to provide a proper exposure to the participants about basic taxonomic tools through interactive sessions with the help of museum specimens. A few specimens from the Museum and Field Stations Facility of NCBS will be used during this workshop.