Faunal Heritage of Rajasthan, India

General Background and Ecology of Vertebrates

  • B.K. Sharma
  • Seema Kulshreshtha
  • Asad R. Rahmani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Unveiling the Vivacious Rajasthan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Seema Kulshreshtha, Shailja Sharma, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 3-37
    3. B. K. Sharma, Seema Kulshreshtha, Satish Kumar Sharma, R. M. Lodha, Sunita Singh, Madhu Singh et al.
      Pages 39-166
    4. B. K. Sharma, Seema Kulshreshtha, Shailja Sharma
      Pages 167-212
    5. U. B. Mathur
      Pages 227-254
  3. Faunal Ecology: An Insight – Piscifauna and Herpetofauna

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Devendra Mohan, Ramkishor
      Pages 257-275
    3. Subramaniam Bhupathy, Reena Mathur
      Pages 277-286
    4. Shalini Gaur, Sanjeev Kumar, N. S. Rathore
      Pages 287-293
    5. Chhaya Bhatnagar, Satish Kumar Sharma, Meenakshi Mathur, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 311-330
  4. Faunal Ecology: An Insight – Avifauna

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Rishad Naoroji, Harkirat Singh Sangha
      Pages 357-409
    3. J. K. Tiwari, Devendra Bhardwaj, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 411-423
  5. Faunal Ecology: An Insight – The Mammal Conglomerate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
    2. L. S. Rajpurohit, A. K. Chhangani, G. Sharma, S. M. Mohnot, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 427-452
    3. Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 453-467
    4. Krishnendu Mondal, Shilpi Gupta, K. Sankar, Qamar Qureshi
      Pages 469-479
    5. Shomita Mukherjee
      Pages 481-490
    6. Satish Kumar Sharma, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 491-497
    7. Harendra Singh Bargali, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 499-504
    8. C. Srinivasulu, Bhargavi Srinivasulu, Y. P. Sinha
      Pages 505-548
    9. Partap Singh, R. S. Tripathi, B. K. Sharma
      Pages 549-561
    10. Sumit Dookia, Mamta Rawat, G. R. Jakher
      Pages 573-583
  6. B. K. Sharma, Seema Kulshreshtha, Asad R. Rahmani
    Pages E1-E2
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 585-645

About this book


This is the first ever monumental and scientific documentation of the faunal wealth of the Indian Desert state of Rajasthan. This volume, the first of two, provides background on Rajasthan and covers species diversity and distribution of fauna. A scholarly contribution to the field of knowledge, it provides novel and vital information on the vertebrate faunal heritage of India’s largest state.

Broadly falling under the Indo-Malaya Ecozone, the three major biomes of Rajasthan include deserts and xeric shrublands, tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests, and tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests. The corresponding ecoregions to the above biomes are, respectively, the Thar Desert and northwestern thorn scrub forests, the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests, and the Upper Gangtic Plains moist deciduous forests. Contrary to popular belief, the well-known Thar or Great Indian Desert occupies only a part of the state. Rajasthan is diagonally divided by the Aravalli mountain ranges into arid and semi-arid regions. The latter have a spectacular variety of highly diversified and unique yet fragile ecosystems comprising lush green fields, marshes, grasslands, rocky patches and hilly terrains, dense forests, the southern plateau, fresh water wetlands, and salt lakes.

Apart from the floral richness, there is faunal abundance from fishes to mammals. In this volume, the various flagship and threatened species are described in the 24 chapters penned by top notch wildlife experts and academics. The world famous heronry, tiger reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and some threat-ridden biodiversity rich areas shall certainly draw the attention of readers from around the world.          


Thar Desert UNESCO desert fauna tiger reserve vertebrate

Editors and affiliations

  • B.K. Sharma
    • 1
  • Seema Kulshreshtha
    • 2
  • Asad R. Rahmani
    • 3
  1. 1.RL Saharia Govt. PG CollegeJaipurIndia
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyGovernment Shakambhar PG CollegeJaipurIndia
  3. 3.Bombay Natural History SocietyMumbaiIndia

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