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1 Amphibians of Peninsular India

R.J. Daniels

Universities Press, Hyderabad, India, 2004, 8173715149 / 9788173715143, First Edition, Paperback, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Amphibians are considered to be the best indicators of environmental health. A decline in amphibian populations indicates ecosystem deterioration that might affect a wider spectrum of the earth's biological diversity. During the last 12 years there has been a great concern, worldwide, about the rapid decline in amphibian populations. Many reasons have been attributed to the loss of amphibians including habitat loss, UV-B radiation, global warming, toxic chemicals, pathogens that destroy eggs and larval stages, direct harvest and other. Of these, loss of habitat seems to be the most significant factor, at least in tropical countries. In this book, 72 species of Indian amphibians including caecilians have been described. These amphibians are common and widely distributed in peninsular India and represent about one third of all amphibian species known in India. The descriptions are simple and contain, although limited, details of other closely-related species, taking the actual number of amphibian species discussed to well over 100. The many illustrations provided throughout the species accounts and the illustrated keys should make it possible for students and amateur naturalists to identify amphibians in the field without much difficulty. To avoid any confusion that might arise from scientific names that keep changing, those names that have been the most consistently used in India names that have been retained in this book. However, all recent changes have been included as synonyms. Additionally, an appendix that lists out all the known species of Indian amphibians (at the time that the book was written) has been provided. Printed Pages: 284. 027800

Price: 9.95 USD
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2 Animal Kingdom of India and Its Borderland

Frank Finn

Sharada Publishing House, Delhi, India, 1999, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed Pages: 358. 032228

Price: 15.95 USD
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3 Marine Mammals of India

Kumaran Sathasivam

Universities Press, Hyderabad, India, 2003, 8173714657 / 9788173714658, First Edition, Paperback, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
The intelligent dolphins, the giant whales and the inoffensive Dugong or sea-cow are among the most fascinating creatures in the wild. Every aspect of their way of life is astonishing—some of them use sound to “see?in the water, some of them dive to incredible depths in search of food, and some of them sing complex songs. Marine mammals are so intriguing that worldwide there is a multi-million dollar industry in just watching these animals. Yet, in India few are even aware that there are many of these creatures in the seas around the country—a full fourth of the world’s 120 or so species, in fact. This is due to the lack of information about them. Most existing records are scattered in various scientific journals. No book published so far covers this group of Indian wildlife adequately. This book is meant for a wide range of readers including children, wildlife enthusiasts and serious students. A significant part of the book is devoted to the more than 30 species accounts, which make the book a useful reference. Glimpses of their lifestyles are given through several essays dealing, for example, with the phenomenon of mass strandings of whales or the reputed ferocity of the Killer Whale. Further, color illustrations and character matrices meant for easy identification make Marine Mammals of India a useful field guide. The extensive bibliography makes the book a valuable research aid. The accounts of whaling and other threats faced by marine mammals highlight the conservation requirements of these animals. Printed Pages: 228. 027802

Price: 8.95 USD
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Mrigapakshishastra: The Science of Animals and Birds (Mriga.pakshi.shastra), Hamsadeva; Edited By Nalini Sadhale and Y.L. Nene
4 Mrigapakshishastra: The Science of Animals and Birds (Mriga.pakshi.shastra)

Hamsadeva; Edited By Nalini Sadhale and Y.L. Nene

Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2008, 81-903963-1-5 / 9788190396318, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 18.5 Cms x 25 Cms 
Printed pages: 400 with numerous colour illustrations. 027656

Price: 28.95 USD
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5 Sunderbans: The Mystic Mangrove

Biswajit Roy Chowdhury and Pradeep Vyas

Niyogi Books, New Delhi, India, 81-89738-13-5 / 9788189738136, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 11.75 x 9.25 Inches 
Printed Pages: 120 with 4 colour and 173 b/w illustrations. 033400

Price: 31.50 USD
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6 The Story of Asia's Elephants

Raman Sukumar

Marg Publications, Mumbai, India, 2011, 9789380581101, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 28 x 21.5 Cm 
Printed Pages: 372 with 260 illustrations. 037532

Price: 87.50 USD
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7 Tiger Fire: 500 Years of the Tiger in India

Valmik Thapar

Aleph Book Company, 2013, 9789382277569, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 18 x 24.5 Cm 
The tiger has captured the imagination of human beings from the beginning of recorded history. It has been feared, worshipped, admired, hunted, studied, photographed, written about, immortalized in art and poetry, and has enthralled king and commoner alike. Tiger Fire celebrates this magnificent predator by bringing together the very best non-fiction writing, photography and art on the Indian tiger from the first written description of a real-life encounter with the animal by the Mughal Emperor Babur in the sixteenth century to photographs and studies of the last of the species surviving in the wild today. Conceived and edited by the worlds foremost authority on the Indian tiger, Valmik Thapar (who has also contributed many pieces and photographs to this volume), the books contributors are drawn from an array of renowned naturalists, writers, photographers and tiger enthusiasts down the centuries including Babur, Akbar, Franois Bernier, Thomas Roe, R.G. Burton, Walter Campbell, Thomas Williamson, F.W. Champion, Kesri Singh, Jim Corbett, Hugh Allen, Richard Perry, Arjan Singh, George Schaller, Kenneth Anderson, M. Krishnan, Peter Jackson, Fateh Singh Rathore, Kim Sullivan, Tejbir Singh, Jaisal and Anjali Singh, Aditya Dicky Singh, K. Ullas Karanth, Dharmendra Khandal and Dhritiman Mukherjee. Culled from over a million words (both published and unpublished) on the animal and several thousand photographs, the accounts and pictures assembled in this book show us the tiger in extraordinary and compelling detail. The book contains stories and reports of tiger hunts, attacks on humans by tigers, fights between the tiger and other animals such as the leopard, the bison, the wild dog, the boar and the elephant, narratives about tigers rearing their young, finding mates and wild tigers forging bonds with humans. Using his unequalled knowledge of wild tigers, derived from almost forty years of observing them in their natural habitat, Valmik Thapar has put together the most ambitious book ever published on the tiger in India. A lasting testimonial to an animal that has dazzled the human race, Tiger Fire will be treasured by everyone who possesses it. Printed Pages: 624. 038017

Price: 74.87 USD
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8 Wild City: Nature Wonders Next Door

Ranjit Lal

Penguin, New Delhi, India, 2008, 0143064355 / 9780143064350, First Edition, Paperback, New, 15 x 23 Cm 
Printed pages: 296 with 4 illustrations. 026825

Price: 7.25 USD
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