Invertebrate diversity and conservation in the Western Ghats

Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan, Soubadra Devy, Aravind Madhyastha, Subramanian, K. A., and Seena Narayanan

Foreword by: Michael Samways

Publisher: ATREE, Bangalore

The Western Ghats are one of the two mainland biological diversity hotspots in India. However, very little is known about the diversity and distribution of invertebrates from the Western Ghats. This poor understanding of our invertebrate diversity is amply reflected in our national and regional conservation policies and goals, which are essentially formulated for around large and charismatic vertebrates.

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, along with the Western Ghats Invertebrate Research and Conservation Group—a network of researchers studying invertebrates of the region—has published an edited volume titled ‘Invertebrate diversity and conservation in the Western Ghats’. This volume provides an overview of on going studies on the diversity, ecology, biogeography, behaviour and conservation of invertebrates of the Western Ghats.

The book was released at the inaugural function of Biodiversity Asia 2012 on 7 August 2012 by Prof David Orr, noted environmentalist and professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College, USA; Dr. Raman Sukumar, Director, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science; Dr. Simon C. Nemtzov, President of the Asia Section of the Society for Conservation Biology; Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, and SCB Co-Chair; and Prof Kamal Bawa, founder president of ATREE.