Friday, May 4, 2018

Book on Gharial

There were moments when I thought my thesis will remain unnoticed, but it just happened in a very short time. Got an invitation from Lambert Academic Publishing to give them my 1978-PhD thesis for publication. And, the book is out in less than 4 months. Very helpful Editor.

Singh, L. A. K. (2018). Gharial is a Fish-eating Crocodile: Its Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation. Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN 978-613-8-38791-6, 268+pp, 29 figures, 82 images, 2 maps. Language: English; published on 19 April 2018.

It is a technical work but with a popular language, everyone can understand the science. 

Conservation of Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, a specialized fish-eating crocodilian, endemic to Indian subcontinent was of paramount concern for Government of India in 1974. In 1975 India launched projects for conservation of Indian crocodilians with support of FAO and UNDP. Research to develop knowledge on biology and field techniques to help ex situ and in situ management, as described in pages of this book, is a classic example where research went hand in hand for success in conservation. The book contains data on ecology, reproduction, food, feeding habits, food conversion, behavior, disease and captive management of Gharial. It describes the phenomenon of egg space economy and post-hatching growth priority that endowed Gharial the morphometrics for life attached to perennial rivers. The book is primarily based on author’s PhD dissertation “Ecological Studies on the Indian Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus (Gmelin) (Reptilia, Crocodilia)”, and Post-doc work on the species in Rivers Mahanadi and Chambal. There are nine Chapters: (1.) Introduction containing Systematic position in Animal Kingdom, Modern World Crocodilians, Key to Group Identification, Crocodiles of India; (2.) Antiquity, Distribution and Status; (3.) Habitat Features; (4.) Population Character; (5.) Growth Characters and Ecological Significance; (6.) Food, Feeding Habits and Food Conversion; (7.) Behaviour; (8.) Crocodile Management in India. Each Chapter ends in a Summary with Literature Consulted and Further Reading. Chapter-9 gives the details of citations.