RESEARCH AND NATURAL HISTORY EXPLORATION
The age of exploration, discovery and excitement continues ...
There is inexplicable charm in exploration, natural history and excitement of discovering new or rare species. We are professional biologists now, but our science has grown from and infinitely enriched by our love for natural history of organisms, from the curiosity to know more about an interesting insect here, an unfamiliar frog there. Typically, we spend part of our field time systematically collecting data for various research projects. Then, we spend much time just walking around in the forest, getting lost in seemingly irrelevant detail, which somehow come together at some point to reveal some principles of nature that others have not yet fully grasped. So we continue to explore, discover, be amazed and excited by little things on all of our field trips: a new lizard, a rare butterfly, a rediscovered species. Here is a sample of some of our favorite recent discoveries:
- A new species, the Banded Tit butterfly, Hypolycaena narada, from Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya (2015)
- A new species of damselfly, Protosticta ponmudiensis, from Kerala, Western Ghats (2014-2015)
- Rediscovery of a lizard, Japalura sagittifera, from Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya (2008)
- Rediscovery of the Scarce Jester butterfly, Symbrenthia silana, from Sikkim, Eastern Himalaya (2008)
- A new species of wrinkled frog, Nyctibatrachus petraeus, from Castle Rock, Western Ghats (1997-2005)