Rapid multi-taxa assessment around Dhamapur Lake (Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, India) using citizen science reveals significant odonate records

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Neha Mujumdar
Dattaprasad Sawant
Amila Sumanapala
Parag Rangnekar
Pankaj Koparde


In the present work, we discuss the results of a four-day long rapid survey around Dhamapur Lake and surrounding freshwater habitats in the Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra through public participation.  In total, 61 odonates, 51 butterflies, 17 species of amphibians and reptiles, 90 birds, and four mammals are documented.  Our observations taken over a brief time reflect the importance of citizen science in documenting local biodiversity.  We report involvement of citizen scientists in recovering significant odonate records for the state.

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