The publication of this booklet (freePDF) and some of the underlying research (field surveys between 2020–2022) was funded by
the National Geographic Society grant NGS-63816R-19.
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Deepak, Surya, Sandeep, Rajkumar, Saunak, Jason and David have collectively spent several decades studying these unique high-altitude ecosystems and are impeccably qualified to do justice to the incredible snakes and lizards that inhabit them.
Several species that have been previously depicted only in
scientific papers are featured in this book.
Included in each species description are diagnostic characters, morphometric information, and distribution maps to aid identification in the field (which I must caution, is not always possible)!
I congratulate the authors on collaborating to produce a book that documents one aspect of the incredibly rich biodiversity that exists in these isolated ‘islands’ that (mostly) tower above 1,500m in the southern Western Ghats of India.
Pune, India April 2022