Faunal Ecology and Conservation of the Great Indian Desert

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C. Sivaperuman, Qaiser H. Baqri, G. Ramaswamy, M. Naseema
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 1, 2008 - Science - 222 pages
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The Great Indian Desert is characterized by harsh climatic conditions and different habitats, from grassland to abandoned human habitations. This book examines the regional climate and microclimatic regime of this desert and its diverse faunal inhabitants.

 

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Contents

The Thar of Rajasthan India Ecology and Conservation of a Desert Ecosystem KK Sharma and SP Mehra
1
111 The Great Indian Desert or Thar Desert
2
122 Climate
3
14 Protected Areas and Fauna
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15 Threats and Conservation Issues
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153 Increase in Livestock Population and Grazing
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References
10
Climate and Microclimate Changes Influencing the Fauna of the Hot Indian Arid Zone AS Rao
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101 Introduction
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Impact Assessment of the Indira Gandhi Canal on the Avifauna of the Thar Desert M Idris P Singh and S Johari
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111 Introduction
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113 Results and Discussion
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1131 Suggestions for the Conservation of Avifauna in the Thar Desert
133
References
134
EcoStatus of Chiropteran Fauna in and Around Jodhpur Jaisalmer and Bikaner in the Great Indian Desert A Purohit and KB Vyas
136
122 Materials and Methods
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21 Introduction
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23 Results and Discussion
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232 Air and Soil Temperatures
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234 Solar Radiation and Duration of Sunshine
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235 Frequency of Drought and its Impact on the Fauna
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236 Shifts in Rainfall Pattern and Land Use
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References
23
Dung Beetles ColeopteraScarabaeidaeCoprinae of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan and Gujarat R Sewak
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31 Introduction
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33 Systematic Accounts of Dung Beetles
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34 Discussion
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References
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Ants Hymenoptera Formicidae of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan and Gujarat NTak
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42 Systematics
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References
47
Spiders in the Desert National Park C Sivaperuman and NS Rathore
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52 Study Area
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53 Methods
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References
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Species Richness and Dominance of Reptiles in the Aravalli Foothills of Rajasthan S Gaur
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62 Methods
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63 Results
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64 Discussion
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65 Conclusions
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References
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Present Status of Vultures in the Great Indian Thar Desert AK Chhangani
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72 Methods
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73 Results
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74 Discussion
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75 Conclusions
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References
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Structure of an Arid Tropical Bird Community Rajasthan C Sivaperuman S Dookia PL Kankane and QH Baqri
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82 Methods
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832 Species Richness and Abundance
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833 Diversity Indices
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84 Discussion
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References
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Changing Avian Diversity in Jodhpur Western Rajasthan H Singh
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911 Past Scenario
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912 Present Scenario
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914 Diversity of Raptors and Scavengers
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916 Diversity of Ground Species Partridges Fowls Sand Grouses
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918 Diversity of Migratory Species
105
References
112
Avifaunal Diversity in the IGNP Canal Area Rajasthan India C Sivaperuman and QH Baqri
113
1223 Survey Techniques
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1233 Species Composition at Bikaner 2801 22N 731913E
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124 Discussion
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References
154
EcoBiodiversity of Rodent Fauna of the Thar Desert M Idris
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131 Introduction
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Systematics
159
1321 Sandy Habitats
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1322 Rocky Habitats
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1324 Ruderal Habitats
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134 Behavioural Diversity
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136 Range of Movements
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138 Association of the Rodent Pest Complex with Arid Crop Systems
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1391 Hystrix indica
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1393 Tatera indica
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1395 Rattus rattus rufescens
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1399 Mus Species
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13912 Bandicota bengalensis
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1310 Zoogeographical Diversities
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References
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Primates in the Thar Desert G Agoramoorthy
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142 Hanuman Langurs Around Jodhpur
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143 Population Status and Density of Hanuman Langurs
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144 Home Range and Ecology
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145 Social Organisation and Interactions
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146 Social Changes and Infanticide
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148 Reproduction and Mortality
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149 Conservation Status of Hanuman Langurs
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Status of the Indian Gazelle Gazella bennettii Sykes 1831 in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan India S Dookia M Rawat GR Jakher and BR Dookia
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152 Study Area
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153 Methods
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154 Results
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1543 Districtwise Distribution of Chinkara
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1544 Mortality
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156 Conclusions and Recommendations
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References
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Revival Prospects of Larger Mammals in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan PL Kankane
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162 Study Area
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164 Results
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165 Discussion
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1651 Scope for Further Work
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References
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Index
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