Fauna of India

Indian Pangolin

January 11, 2016

Pangolins are a highly endangered species and they are hunted for their scales. Though, the use its scales for medical or other purposes is banned internationally, yet they are used illegally to treat arthritis and stomach ailments in countries like China and Thailand. Indian Pangolin The Indian...

Fauna of India: Blackbuck

January 11, 2016

The near threatened blackbuck is found in Central – Western India (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Odisha) and Southern India (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu). In Andhra Pradesh, it is the state animal. It is the only living species of the genus Antilope....

Difference Between Deer And Antelopes

January 11, 2016

Taxonomically, both deer and antelopes belong to same order called Artiodactyla or Even-toed ungulates. In the even-toed animals, the weight of the body of the animal is borne by 3rd and 4th toe of the forefeet. Most of the four-footed animals belong to this order. Common examples...

Olive Ridley Turtles

December 25, 2015

In November 2015, the Odisha Government has imposed seven-month ban till May, 2016 on fishing along the Puri coast in order to protect the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) are found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans....

Ganges River Dolphins

December 25, 2015

Indian Government has notified the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) as India’s National Aquatic Animal. It is also known as Susu because of the sound it produces when breathing. Population and Distribution The Total population of Ganges River Dolphin is estimated to be around 2000 and...

Neelakurinji: The flowers that bloom once in 12 years

March 23, 2015

Neelakurinji or Strobilanthes kunthiana are inhabitants of Shola forests in Western Ghats. These plants blossom after 12 years exhibiting the gregarious flowering habit. The flowers of Neelakurinji are purple-blue in colour and it is because of these, the Nilgiri hills (blue mountains) got its name. The angiosperm...