Diversity and Distribution of Mammals in the Indian Himalayas

  • M. Kamalakannan
  • C. Venkatraman
  • Lalit Kumar Sharma


A systematic review has been carried out for preparing the checklist of mammalian species of the Indian Himalayan region (IHR), based on field surveys, available published literature, and IUCN database. A total of 282 species representing 36 families and 11 orders that were reported in the IHR. The diversity of mammalian species is high (66.5%) in Himalayan region followed by Indo-Burma region (44.8%). The information on many species is not available for majority of the PAs in the IHR. Hence, it is recommended that efforts should be made toward assessing the conservation status of species which are under unfavorable condition and with endangered conservation status.


Distribution Diversity Himalaya Hotspot Mammals 



Authors are grateful to Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, for his support, his encouragement, and providing necessary facilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kamalakannan
    • 1
  • C. Venkatraman
    • 1
  • Lalit Kumar Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoological Survey of IndiaPrani Vigyan Bhawan, M-Block, New Alipore, KolkataIndia

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