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The group works on evolutionary biogeography and systematics with a focus on Asian amphibians and reptiles. Further, studies focussed on specific endangered reptile and amphibian species, on their ecology and conservation are being carried out. Characterization prokaryote diversity in various biota and identifying ecological roles of symbiotic microbes in different organisms is also being carried out.
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- V.Deepak, and K. Vasudevan. 2014. Factors influencing occupancy of Travancore tortoise (Indotestudo travancorica) population inside tropical Protected Areas in south India. In press. Oryx. [Highlights the insidious threat of furtive hunting that several secretive wildlife such as Travancore tortoise face within protected areas in the Western Ghats]
- Kartik Sunagar, B.G. Fry, T.N.W. Jackson, N.R. Casewell, E.A.B. Undheim, Nicolas Vidal, S.A. Ali, G.F. King, K. Vasudevan, V. Vasconcelos, A. Antunes. 2013. Molecular evolution of vertebrate neurotrophins: Co-option of the highly conserved nerve growth factor gene into the advanced snake venom arsenal. PLoS ONE 8(11): e81827. [We provide the first evidence that shows venom-secreted NGF follows the molecular evolutionary pattern of other venom components, and therefore, participates in prey envenomation]
S. Harikrishnan, K. Vasudevan, S.R. Chandramouli, B.C. Choudhury, S.K. Dutta and I. Das. 2012. A new species of Coryphophylax Fitzinger in: Steindachner, 1867 (Sauria: Iguania: Agamidae) from the Andaman Islands, India. Zootaxa 3451: 31-45.[A new species of arboreal lizard endemic some islands in the Andaman archipelago has been described with details of its natural history]
- S. Harikrishnan, K. Vasudevan, Anslem de Silva, V. Deepak, N.B. Kar, R. Naniwadekar, A. Lalremruata, K.R. Prasoona and R.K Aggarwal 2012. Phylogeography of Dasia Gray, 1830 (Reptilia: Scincidae), with the description of a new species from southern India. Zootaxa 3233: 37-51. [The genus of arboreal skinks (Dasia) is represented in southeast Asia, Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. We resolved the phylogeny of these skinks and described a new species]
- W. F. Laurance et al. 2012. Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas. Nature 489: 290-294. [Tropical ecologists world-wide provide evidence for alarming levels deterioration within tropical protected areas world-wide. Consistent patterns across continents and the need for strengthening PAs is highlighted]