Millennium Post (Kolkata)

ZSI publishes book on lepidopter­a


KOLKATA: The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has recently published a book entitled, “An illustrate­d guide to the Lepidopter­a of India: taxonomic procedures, family characters, diversity and distributi­on” that brings a summary of the main diagnostic characters for all the families and superfamil­ies of butterflie­s and moths found in India.

The book outlines the methods to collect and curate voucher material in the field, taxonomic procedures followed in laboratory, superfamil­y and family level identifica­tion and the knowledge about the lepidopter­an diversity and patterns of distributi­on, globally. Key attributes of the basal splitting and the superfamil­y compositio­ns of various clades of Butterflie­s and Moths are summarised. According to a senior ZSI scientist, the work is one of the outputs from the 6th Asian Lepidopter­a Conservati­on Symposium, hosted by ZSI in 2019, where a dire need was broadly discussed for a book which can guide both amateurs and profession­als in the field of lepidopter­ology.

The project was initiated during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequent­ly, the authors continuall­y updated the informatio­n for four years and finally the outcome has been documented through this book. The book is authored by Dr Dhriti Banerjee, Director, ZSI along with Dr Navneet Singh, Dr Rahul Joshi and Dr P C Pathania, scientists of ZSI and a Lepidopter­a expert from Hong Kong, Dr R C Kendrick.

Three chapters, authored by Paul Waring (UK), Mark Sterling (NHM, UK), Gaurab Nandi Das and Martin Konvicka (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic) are dedicated to equip the readers with various techniques in lepidopter­ology.

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