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Submitted date: 9 January 2023
Accepted date: 7 November 2023
Published date: 18 November 2023
Pp. 101–103.

Are Indian foxes vulnerable in degraded habitat in North Gujarat?

P. Desai, V. Rabari* & N. Dharaiya
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The Indian fox, Vulpes bengalensis (Shaw, 1800), one of the smallest canids, is restricted to the Indian subcontinent except the Western Ghats. They prefer dry vegetation cover including scrub, grassland and agricultural habitat where they can easily feed on rodents, crabs and insects. The Indian fox is listed in Schedule I under the Wildlife Amendment Act 2022 and classified as a Least Concern (LC) species by IUCN, which affords it less attention and a lower degree of protection compared to threatened species.

Section Editor: Lee Harding
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Submitted date: 29 December 2022
Accepted date: 29 October 2023
Published date: 18 November 2023
Pp. 98–100, pls. 27–28.

On the keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) from reforested land in Vietnam

T.H. Thu Nguyen*, T. Thanh Nguyen, V.Q. Tran Le, S. Vo Thanh, K. To Dang & Yingshan Lau
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The keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii Gray, 1862) is endangered and native to Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. First described in 1862 by Gray, its numbers have declined by 50-80% in the past 75 years, particularly in China due to harvesting. Other research has also shown that C. mouhotii is very rare in Myanmar and at risk in Laos. In Vietnam, C. mouhotii has been found in the mountainous areas from North Central to Central Vietnam such as Cuc Phuong National Park, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces, as well as in the Truong Son mountains as far as Quang Nam province in Central Vietnam. However, the population of C. mouhotii in Vietnam has also decreased significantly because of overexploitation and habitat destruction.

Section Editor: Ivan Ineich
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Submitted date: 19 February 2023
Accepted date: 29 October 2023
Published date: 18 November 2023
Pp. 96–97, pl. 26.

Sightings of the witch (Lepidoptera: Araotes lapithis) in Northeast Bangladesh

T. Akhter*, A. Ullah, M.S. Siam, H. Naher, S. Biswas & K. Mree
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Biogeographically situated between the Indo-Malayan and Indo-Chinese subregions, Bangladesh is home to over 400 species of butterflies. Lacking sufficient surveys of butterflies, the distribution and occurrence of many species in the country are still not well known. Hence, reports on the sightings of any poorly known butterfly species may help to develop a baseline for designing precise research and open windows for conservation efforts. The global distribution of the witch (Araotes lapithis Moore, 1858) butterfly ranges throughout south and southeast Asia, including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Indonesia. There are few records of the species from different states of northeast India including Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, and West Bengal.

Section Editor: Himesh D. Jayasinghe
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Submitted date: 28 September 2022
Accepted date: 9 November 2023
Published date: 18 November 2023
Pp. 94–95, pl. 25.

On the report of a new world millipede (Rhinotus purpureus) from India

M.D. Aswathy & A.V. Sudhikumar*
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The Indian millipede fauna is diverse with many families and genera but remains seriously underexplored. Among the families of the order polyzoniida, Siphonotidae is the only family to have reports from the southern hemisphere. The tropical tramp species of this family, Rhinotus purpureus (Pocock, 1894) shows a cosmopolitan distribution. It has been repeatedly described as a new species leading to more than a dozen synonyms. It is designated as a common tramp species as it is frequently found in green houses and other synanthropic habitats from many different parts of the world including Kew Gardens in England, green houses in Germany, Central America and Southern USA, Comoro Islands, Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands. The present study provides the first record of R. purpureus, from the Indian subcontinent.

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Submitted date: 26 April 2023
Accepted date: 3 November 2023
Published date: 18 November 2023
Pp. 71–93.


Rajith Dissanayake*
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Funambulus Lesson, 1835 incorporates palm squirrels representing model South Asian small mammals. They were widely collected between 1880 and 1980 furnishing international collections, especially in London. There’s a dearth of regional small mammal studies since the 1960s and lack of geographical data could contribute to this. Listed here are 172 locations anchored to ~478 specimens incorporating sites where the genus was collected in mainland South Asia with special attention to obscure localities in South India and Sri Lanka. Emphasis is placed on sites from the Bombay Natural History Society Mammal Survey of India, Burma and Ceylon from 1912 to 1929. This list, with sources, contributes to, and addresses historical and taxonomic mammalogical studies for the entire subregion.

Key words : BNHS, sciurid, map, museum collections, palmarum, rodent, Wroughton, zoogeography

Section Editor: Lee Harding
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