An international journal on animal taxonomy, diversity, ecology and zoogeography

 ISSN: 0973-7871 (online)
 ISSN: 0973-9955 (print)
 
 Volume: 6, Number: 2

ISSN: 0973-7871(Online Edition)

Date of Publication: April 22, 2013

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5-9 (2013-04-22) Accepted: 2012-11-17

Description of two new species of Gonatocerus Nees from India, with notes on Gonatocerus tamilanus Mani and Saraswat (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae)

Author[s]: SHAHID BIN ZEYA, S. MANICKAVASAGAM, AND A. RAMESHKUMAR

Abstract: 

Two new species of Gonatocerus of the litoralis group (G. coimbatorensis, sp. nov., G.triapitsyni, sp. nov.) are described from specimens collected from Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Brief notes are given on G. tamilanus Mani and Saraswat.

   
11-16 (2013-04-22) Accepted: 2012-11-14

First Record of the Genus Astichus Förster (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eulophidae: Entiinae) from India with description of a New Species and Key to Asiatic Species

Author[s]: T.C.NARENDRAN

Abstract: 

The genus Astichus Förster (Eulophidae) is reported for the first time from the Indian subcontinent with description of a new species Astichus santhoshi sp. nov. A key to Asiatic species of Astichus is provided.

   
17-25 (2013-04-22) Accepted: 2012-10-14

Glyptothorax  elankadensis (Order-Siluriformes: family- Sisoridae), a new fish species from Manimala River, Kerala, India

Author[s]: MATHEWS PLAMOOTTIL AND NELSON P. ABRAHAM

Abstract: 

Glyptothorax elankadensis is described as a new sisorid species of the genus Glyptothorax, from Manimala River, Kerala, India. It is characterized as follows: Osseous serrated principal ray of dorsal and pectoral fins, with four pairs of barbels, all fins yellow tipped. Three narrow yellow bands – one mid dorsal and others mid lateral- present on longitudinal axis of body. Two small yellowish round spots on dorsal side downwards and backwards from dorsal fin origin.  Median fontanel on the dorsal side of the head very faint and indistinct. Occipital process does not reach basal bone of dorsal fin. Meristic, metric and other morphological features of G. elankadensis described and compared with its relatives.

   
27-30 (2013-04-22) Accepted: 2012-08-16

New Record of Two Scleractinian Corals to Indian Waters from Ritchie’s Archipelago, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Author[s]: TAMAL MONDAL AND C. RAGHUNATHAN

Abstract: 

Ritchie’s Archipelago, a group of thirteen islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, shows an enormous species diversity in Scleractinian corals. Two species of Scleractinian corals such as Halomitra clavator Höeksema, 1989 (Fungiidae) and Agaricia grahamae Wells 1973 (Agariciidae) are reported as new records to Indian waters.

   
31-38 (2013-04-22) Accepted: 2012-12-04

Study of the tribe Phanerotomini Baker (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in Hormozgan province of Iran with two new records

Author[s]: ALI AMERI, ALI ASGHAR TALEBI, KARIM KAMALI AND EHSAN RAKHSHANI

Abstract: 

A survey in Hormozgan province of Iran yielded four species of braconids belonging to tribe Phanerotomini, viz. Phanerotoma kozlovi (Shestakov), Phanerotoma rufescens (Latreille), Phanerotoma permixtellae Fischer and Phanerotomella rufa (Marshall), of which the first two species are recorded for the first time from Iran.

   
39-45 (2013-04-22) Accepted: 2012-08-16

Microsporidian infection in wild and captive-bred populations of butterflies in South India

Author[s]: S.G. SMITHA, T.O. SASIDHARAN, O.K. REMADEVI AND JAYEETA BHATTACHARYA

Abstract: 

Microsporidia was found to be generally prevalent in butterflies of surveyed forest and agro ecosystems of south Indian states, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The current study is a pioneering attempt to look into the occurrence of microsporidia among butterfly populations.