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Once I was going to get married to a girl from south India. My prospective wife’s concerned, well-wishing parents asked me what I did for a living. I said I observed butterflies.
The father said, “No, no! I meant, what do you do for a living?”
So. I did not marry that girl, never even saw her again.
I still study butterflies for a living, though. I mean, living. True story.
Our lab grew from an intense fascination of natural history. We have since expanded into other areas of biology such as evolutionary ecology and genetics. However, we remain deeply committed to the entire spectrum of biological sciences, from natural history to molecular genetics, as reflected in the publications listed below. The accompanying research and publications pages give further details. We strive to collaborate extensively with other naturalists/biologists who work in India, so please contact us if any of the publications below interest you.
Joshi, J., A. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2017. Evolutionary assembly of communities in butterfly mimicry rings. The American Naturalist, 189:E58–E76. PDF file (12MB, has colour figures).
Mirza, Z. A., R. V. Sanap, and K. Kunte. 2017. A new genus and new species of diplurid spider (Araneae: Mygalomorphae: Dipluridae) from northeast India. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity, 10:32–38. PDF file (4MB, has colour images of the type).
Jain, A., K. Kunte, and E. L. Webb. 2016. Flower specialization of butterflies and impacts of non-native flower use in a transformed tropical landscape. Biological Conservation, 201:184–191. PDF file (712KB).
Gaitonde, N., V. Giri, and K. Kunte. 2016. ‘On the Rocks’: reproductive biology of the endemic toad Xanthophryne (Anura: Bufonidae) from the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Natural History, 50:2557–2572. PDF file (3.2MB, has colour figures).
Sondhi, S., and K. Kunte. 2016. Butterflies (Lepidoptera) of the Kameng Protected Area Complex, western Arunachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 8:9053–9124. PDF file (9MB, includes colour plates).
Price, B. W., E. L. Allan, K. Marathe, V. Sarkar, C. Simon, and K. Kunte. 2016. The cicadas (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka: an annotated provisional catalogue, regional checklist and bibliography. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4:e8051. PDF file (1.3MB).
Joshi, S., O. E. Kosterin, and K. Kunte. 2016. New status for Fraser’s forgotten Aciagrion approximans krishna stat. nov. (Odonata: Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae) from the Western Ghats of India. International Journal of Odonatology, 19:41–51. PDF file (1.4MB, has images of topotypes and male genitalia).
Sondhi, S., T. Karmakar, Y. Sondhi, R. Jhaveri, and K. Kunte. 2016. Re-discovery of Calinaga aborica Tytler, 1915 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Calinaginae) from Arunachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 8:8618–8622. PDF file (4.7MB, has colour images of a type and other specimens).
Mirza, Z. A., R. V. Sanap, and K. Kunte. 2016. A new species of the genus Thaicharmus Kovařík, 1995 (Scorpiones: Buthidae) from northeast India. Euscorpius, 215:1–11. PDF file (2.8MB, has colour images of the type).
Su, S., M. Lim, and K. Kunte. 2015. Prey from the eyes of predators: colour discriminability of aposematic and mimetic butterflies from an avian visual perspective. Evolution, 69:2985–2994. PDF file (650KB; or PDF file with supporting information, 1.1MB). This work was featured on the cover of the journal issue, and in several popular science news stories in PhysOrg, EurekAlert, The Hindu, The Statesman, and NCBS News, among others.
Kunte, K. 2015. A new species of Hypolycaena (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India. The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, 48:21–27. PDF file (3.8MB, has colour images of the types and other materials). See press release or popular science coverage of this paper in The Hindu, The Telegraph, and Times of India, among many others.
Toussaint, E. F. A., J. Morinière, C. J. Müller, K. Kunte, B. Turlin, A. Hausmann, and M. Balke. 2015. Comparative molecular species delimitation in the charismatic Nawab butterflies (Nymphalidae, Charaxinae, Polyura). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 91:194–209. PDF file (7.2MB).
Kiran, C. G., S. Kalesh, and K. Kunte. 2015. A new species of damselfly, Protosticta ponmudiensis (Odonata: Zygoptera: Platystictidae) from Ponmudi Hills in the Western Ghats of India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 7(5):7146–7151. PDF file (2MB, has colour images).
Joshi, S., and K. Kunte. 2014. Dragonflies and damselflies (Insecta: Odonata) of Nagaland, with an addition to the Indian odonate fauna. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 6:6458–6472. PDF file (4.5MB, has color plates).
Gaitonde, N., and V. Giri. 2014. Primitive breeding in an ancient Indian frog genus Indirana. Current Science, 107:109–112. PDF file (604KB). Also covered in Current Science's In this issue.
Kunte, K., W. Zhang, A. Tenger-Trolander, D. H. Palmer, A. Martin, R. D. Reed, S. P. Mullen, and M. R. Kronforst. 2014. doublesex is a mimicry supergene. Nature, 507:229–232. PDF file (1.2MB). Read more about the story on this webpage. See popular science coverage of this paper in Nature, Nature India, Science, NCBS News, The Scientist, National Geographic's Phenomena blog, Mongabay, New York Times, The Hindu, and ScienceDaily.
Zhang, W., K. Kunte, and M. R. Kronforst. 2013. Genome-wide characterization of adaptation and speciation in tiger swallowtail butterflies using de novo transcriptome assemblies. Genome Biology and Evolution, 5:1233–1245. PDF file (676 KB).
Kumaraswamy, S., and K. Kunte. 2013. Integrating biodiversity and conservation with modern agricultural landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation, 22:2735–2750. PDF file, (383 KB).
Rai, S., K. D. Bhutia, and Kunte, K. 2012. Recent sightings of two very rare butterflies, Lethe margaritae Elwes, 1882 and Neptis nycteus de Nicéville, 1890, from Sikkim, eastern Himalaya, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 4:3319–3326. PDF file (5 MB, has color figures and maps).
Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, B. M. Sangma, R. Lovalekar, K. Tokekar, and G. Agavekar. 2012. Butterflies of the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, northeastern India: Their diversity and conservation. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 4:2933–2992. PDF file (8MB, has a color map and 16 color plates).
Kunte, K., C. Shea, M. L. Aardema, J. M. Scriber, T. E. Juenger, L. E. Gilbert, and M. R. Kronforst. 2011. Sex chromosome mosaicism and hybrid speciation among tiger swallowtail butterflies. PLoS Genetics, 7:e1002274. See the full paper online on the journal website, or its news coverage on the National Science Foundation (NSF, USA) website, the University of Texas at Austin and the College of Natural Sciences websites, in Harvard Gazette, or on MSNBC and myscience. Read more about this work ...
Sarkar, V. K., D. S. Das, V. C. Balakrishnan and K. Kunte. 2011. Validation of the reported occurrence of Tajuria maculata, the Spotted Royal butterfly (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), in the Western Ghats, southwestern India, on the basis of two new records. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 3:1629–1632. PDF file (733KB, has color figures and a map).
Lovalekar, R., G. Agavekar and K. Kunte. 2011. Spindasis abnormis, the endemic Abnormal Silverline butterfly of the Western Ghats, southwestern India (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). Parthenos, Jan. 2011:13–16. PDF file (246KB, has color photographs and a map).
Ghorpadé, K. and K. Kunte. 2010. Butterflies (Lepidoptera—Rhopalocera) of the Palni Hills, southern Western Ghats in peninsular India: an updated review, with an appreciation of Brigadier W.H. Evans. Colemania, 23:1–19. PDF file (197KB).
Kunte, K. 2010. Rediscovery of the federally protected Scarce Jester Butterfly Symbrenthia silana de Nicéville, 1885 (Nymphalidae: Nymphalinae) from the Eastern Himalaya and Garo Hills, northeastern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 2:858–866. PDF file (5.8MB, has color figures and a map). Also read about this rediscovery here.
Roy, A. B., U. Ghosh and K. Kunte. 2010. Sighting of Elymnias panthera (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) in West Bengal, eastern India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 2:670–671. PDF file (135KB, has a color photograph).
Kunte, K. and A. Tiple. 2009. The Polyommatine wing pattern elements and seasonal polyphenism of the Indian Chilades pandava butterfly (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). News of the Lepidopterists' Society, 51:86–88 and 109. PDF file (2.8MB, has color photographs).
Tiple, A., D. Agashe, A. M. Khurad and K. Kunte. 2009. Population dynamics and seasonal polyphenism of Chilades pandava butterfly (Lycaenidae) in central India. Current Science, 97:1774–1779. PDF file (262KB, includes a color figure). Also featured in "In This Issue" (PDF file, 45KB) and on the cover.
Kunte, K. 2009. Occurrence of Elymnias obnubila Marshall and de Nicéville, 1883 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) in southern Mizoram: Range extension of the species and an addition to the Indian butterfly fauna. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 1:567–568. PDF file (176KB, has color photographs).
Larsen, T. B., R. I. Vane-Wright, K. Kunte and V. Nazari. 2009. Case 3488. Papilio danae Fabricius, 1775 (currently Colotis danae; Insecta, Lepidoptera, Pieridae): proposed conservation of prevailing usage by the suppression of Papilio danae Hufnagel, 1766. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 66:250–255. PDF file (74KB).
Kunte, K. and U. Manthey. 2009. Rediscovery of Japalura sagittifera (Sauria: Agamidae) from the Eastern Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh: An addition to the Indian herpetofauna. Sauria, 31:49–55. PDF file (800KB, has color figures. This is in a bilingual journal published from Berlin, Germany, so the PDF file has text first in German and then in English. The table and figures are shared between the English and German versions).
Kunte, K. 2009. Female-limited mimetic polymorphism: A review of theories and a critique of sexual selection as balancing selection. Animal Behaviour, 78:1029–1036. PDF file (586KB, includes a color figure). Read more about this work ...
Kunte, K. 2008. Mimetic butterflies support Wallace's model of sexual dimorphism. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 275:1617–1624. PDF file (404KB). Featured on Science website, and also in Roughgarden, J. 2009. The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness, Univ. of California Press, Berkeley, pp. 38-39.
Kunte, K. 2008. The Wildlife (Protection) Act and conservation prioritization of butterflies of the Western Ghats, southwestern India. Current Science, 94:729–735. PDF file (132KB). Also featured in "In This Issue" (PDF file, 30KB) and on the cover. A PDF file of this article with an appendix giving the conservation values of all the Western Ghats butterfly species may be downloaded here (PDF file, 300KB).
Kunte, K. 2008. Competition and species diversity: Removal of dominant species increases diversity in Costa Rican butterfly communities. Oikos, 117:69–76. PDF file (120KB).
Kunte, K., E. Kunhikrishnan, M. Balakrishnan & C. Susanth. 2008. Status and distribution of Appias lalage butterfly (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) in the Western Ghats, south-western India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 105: 354–357. PDF file (1.3MB, has a detailed distributional map).
Kunte, K. 2008. Range extension of the Wavy Maplet Chersonesia intermedia (Nymphalidae, Lepidoptera), from Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 105:108–109. PDF file (100KB).
Kunte, K. 2008. Natural history and early stages of the Western Ghats endemic butterfly Golden Flitter Quedara basiflava (Hesperiidae, Lepidoptera) from south-western India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 105:104–108. PDF file (1.5MB, has color figures).
Kunte, K. 2007. Allometry and functional constraints on proboscis lengths in butterflies. Functional Ecology, 21:982–987 PDF file (128KB).
Kunte, K. 2006. Additions to known larval host plants of Indian butterflies. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 103:119–122. PDF file (420KB).
Kunte, K. 2006. Litsea pringlei: host plant of Papilio palamedes leontis in Parque Ecologica Chipinque, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. News of the Lepidopterists' Society, 48:40–41. PDF file (2.8MB, has color figures)
Kunte, K. 2005. Species composition, sex-ratio and movement patterns in danaine butterfly migrations in southern India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 102:280–286. PDF file (700KB)
Das, I. and K. Kunte. 2005. New species of Nyctibatrachus (Anura: Ranidae) from Castle Rock, Karnataka State, Southwest India. Journal of Herpetology, 39:465–470. PDF file (176KB). Read more about this work ...
Kunte, K. 2004. Natural history and reproductive behaviour of Nyctibatrachus cf. humayuni (family Ranidae: Anura). Herpetological Review, 35:137–140. PDF file (112KB).
Bastawade, D. B., K. Kunte, and A. Captain. 2004. Extension of distribution of the Thomisid spider Platythomisus sudeepi Biswas, Thomisidae: Araneae, from north Kanara, Karnataka. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 101:181. PDF file (60KB).
Thakar, J., K. Kunte, A. K. Chauhan, A. V. Watve, and M. G. Watve. 2003. Nectarless flowers: floral ecological correlates and evolutionary stability. Oecologia, 136:565–570. PDF file (188KB).
Kunte, K. 2000–01. Butterfly diversity of Pune city along the human impact gradient. Journal of Ecological Society, 13&14:40–45. PDF file (3.3MB)
Kunte, K. J., A. P. Joglekar, G. Utkarsh, and P. Pramod. 1999. Patterns of butterfly, bird and tree diversity in the Western Ghats. Current Science, 77:577–586. PDF file (7.6MB).
Kunte, K. J. 1998. Common Silverline caterpillar feeding on Cadaba indica. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 95:139. PDF file (650KB).
Kunte K. J. 1998. Common Vine Snake feeding on tadpoles, Hamadryad, 22:124–125. PDF file (96KB).
Kunte, K. J. 1998. Plain Puffin: Behavior, life history and distribution. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 95:137–139. PDF file (650KB).
Kunte, K. J. 1997. Seasonal patterns in butterfly abundance and species diversity in four tropical habitats in northern Western Ghats. Journal of Biosciences, 22:593–603. PDF file (220KB).
Kunte K. J. 1996. Grey Musk Shrew (Suncus murinus) feeding on toad. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 93:581. PDF file (44KB).
Kunte, K. J. 1996. Strange behavior of Mottled Emigrant males. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 93:307–308. PDF file (96KB).
S. Sondhi, and K. Kunte. 2014. Butterflies and Moths of the Pakke Tiger Reserve. Titli Trust (Dehradun), and Indian Foundation for Butterflies (Bengaluru). xvi+200pp.
S. Sondhi, K. Kunte, G. Agavekar, R. Lovalekar, and K. Tokekar. 2013. Butterflies of the Garo Hills. Samrakshan Trust (New Delhi), Titli Trust (Dehradun), and Indian Foundation for Butterflies (Bengaluru). xvi+200pp.
Kunte, K. 2000. Butterflies of Peninsular India. Universities Press (Hyderabad) and Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore). First fascicle from "India: A Lifescape", series editor: Madhav Gadgil.
Kunte, K. 2016. Biogeographic origins and habitat use of the butterflies of the Western Ghats. pp. 1–21, in D. R. Priyadarsanan, M. Soubadra Devy, K. A. Subramanian, N. A. Aravind, and N. K. Seena. (eds.) Invertebrate Diversity and Conservation in the Western Ghats, India. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru. pp. 265. PDF file (315KB).
Kunte, K. 2015. Lepidoptera and Conservation, by T. R. New. 2014. Wiley-Blackwell, New York. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 90:450. PDF file (50KB).
Joshi, J., R. Naniwadekar, and K. Kunte. 2014. Himalaya: Mountains of Life, by Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur. 2013. Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore. Current Science, 106:312-313. PDF file (232KB).
Kunte, K. 2005. Measuring Biological Diversity, by Anne E. Magurran. 2003. Blackwell Publishing, MA. Current Science, 89:2170-2171. PDF file (72KB).
Kunte, K. 2002. The Handicap Principle: A Missing Piece of Darwin’s Puzzle, by Amotz Zahavi and Avishag Zahavi. 1997. Oxford University Press, Inc., New York. Current Science, 82:1047-1049.
NEWS AND VIEWS/COMMENTARY/SCIENTIFIC CORRESPONDENCE
Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, G. Agavekar, R. Lovalekar, and K. Tokekar. 2013. Final notes on the identification and misidentification of butterflies of the Garo Hills. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5:5019-5020. PDF file (4.7MB, has a color figure).
Kunte, K., G. Agavekar, S. Sondhi, R. Lovalekar, and K. Tokekar. 2013. On the identification and misidentification of butterflies of the Garo Hills. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 5:4616-4620. PDF file (3.2MB, has color figures).
Kunte, K. 2007. About distastefulness and mimicry: A comment on Peter Smetacek's article (J. Lep. Soc., 60:82-85). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 61:57.
Kunte, K. and A. Sinha. 2000. Courtship and nesting behaviour of the frog, Rhacophorus malabaricus. Current Science, 79:260-261.
MANUALS AND TECHNICAL REPORTS
Kunte, K. 2003. The Anamalai Hills and Their Significance to the Diversity of Butterflies of the Western Ghats. Report to Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) for World Heritage Biodiversity Programme (WHBP) of Ministry of Environment and Forests (Govt. of India), funded by a grant from United Nations Educational, Scientific And Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Gadgil, M; K. P. Achar; A. Shetty; A. Ganguly; N. Harini; H. R. Bhat; J. Venkatesan; K. Krishna; K. Kunte; K. Moolya; L. Nandagiri; M. B. Nayak; R. J. R. Daniels; S. Joishy; S. Patgar; S. Gunaga; K. A. Subramanian; V. Suri; U. Ghate; Y. Gokhale (2000): Participatory Local Level Assessment of Life Support Systems: A Methodology Manual. Technical Report No. 78; Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.