There was a massive fruiting of Palaquium ellipticum, the bat
dispersed species in the evergreen forest inside KMTR in June-July
after many years. But evidence of bats coming in large numbers as in
1994 was poor. Ganesh, T.
A tiger scat was encountered on 25.7.12 whereby a large claw
probably of a leopard) was seen within. Since the hairs were black
so we speculate that the prey might have been a black leopard.
Seshadri, K.S. and Tamilazagan.
The rains have been poor in the Agasthyamalai region. Upper
Kodayar dam which should be half full by now has very low water and
water for irrigation from most of the dams has been stopped.
A Malabar spiny dormouse was sighted that fell to ground from about
10 feet at 11 pm at Wooden Bridge on 24.7.12. Seshadri K.S. and
A flock of 3 white bellied tree pies, as part of a mixed hunting party
was sighted near Wooden Bridge on 26.7.12. Seshadri K.S.
A spot bellied eagle owl was heard and later sighted in Mundanthurai
on 18.7.12. The same species was sighted near Servalar during 'Adi-
Amavasai' festival in 2010. A brown fish owl was seen near the tea
factory at Nalmukh. Seshadri, K.S. and Ganesh, T.
The “bats in temples” survey has started and we have recorded 6 bat
species in about 10 temples. Seshadri, K.S. and Mathivanan, M.
Marie-Noëlle, a student from Groupe ESA, France, is interning with
Dr. T. Ganesh till September to assess bat population in temples of
Lise Nuninger, a student from Groupe ESA, France, is interning with
Dr. Soubadra Devy till September to study the biodiversity in temple
gardens in Tirunelveli.
Editor: Allwin Jesudasan
Associate editor: Rajkamal Goswami
Editorial Review: R. Ganesan, M. Soubadra Devy, T. Ganesh
Design and presentation: Kiran Salagame
Volume 6, Issue 2
A S H O K A T R U S T F O R R E S E A R C H I N E C O L O G Y A N D T H E E
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