Documenting the fauna of a small temporary pond from Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Mihir R. Kulkarni
Sameer Padhye
Avinash Isaac Vanjare
Shriraj S. Jakhalekar
Yugandhar S. Shinde
Shruti V. Paripatyadar
Sayali D. Sheth
Siddharth Kulkarni
Samadhan K. Phuge
Kalyani Bhakare
Aboli S. Kulkarni
Kalpana Pai
Hemant V. Ghate

Abstract

Most of the limnological studies in India have focussed on a few taxa of large, permanent water bodies, and pond ecosystems, and related temporary water bodies are neglected.  We present here a faunal inventory, with representative photographs, for a single, small temporary pond, reporting over 125 species of strictly aquatic fauna and 25 species of associated fauna, even though we did not identify some groups such as Protozoa, Diptera and nymphs of Odonata, etc.  The identified species belong to seven taxa of vertebrates and invertebrates together. Arthropoda and Rotifera were the most species rich groups, observed with 83 and 45 representatives, respectively. Coleoptera were the most numerous in terms of species number.  Such a small water body holds some endemics as well as otherwise very rare animals and so deserves better attention.  We also highlight the potential and importance of such habitats for research and conservation.  

 

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Kulkarni, M.R., Padhye, S., Vanjare, A.I., Jakhalekar, S.S., Shinde, Y.S., Paripatyadar, S.V., Sheth, S.D., Kulkarni, S., Phuge, S.K., Bhakare, K., Kulkarni, A.S., Pai, K. and Ghate, H.V. 2015. Documenting the fauna of a small temporary pond from Pune, Maharashtra, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 7, 6 (May 2015), 7196–7210. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o4190.7196-210.
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Author Biographies

Mihir R. Kulkarni, Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra 411007, India

Mihir R. Kulkarni is a PhD student at the Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. He studies diversity and ecology of freshwater Diaptomidae (Copepoda) from the Western Ghats.

 

Sameer Padhye, Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra 411007, India; and Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society, 96 Kumudham Nagar, Vilankuruchi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, India

Sameer Padhye is a Research Associate, Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society, Coimbatore. He studies the taxonomy and ecology of branchiopod crustaceans from the Western Ghats. 

 

Avinash Isaac Vanjare, Department of Zoology, Ahmednagar College, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra 414001, India

Avinash Isaac Vanjare is an Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Ahmednagar College. He studies the taxonomy and diversity of Monogonont Rotifera from the Western Ghats. 

 

Shriraj S. Jakhalekar, Department of Zoology, Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411005, India

Shriraj S. Jakhalekar worked as a Research Student at the Department of Zoology, Modern College, Pune and is now pursuing PhD at the CSIR - National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa. He is interested in studies on sponges.

 

Yugandhar S. Shinde, Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra 411007, India; and Department of Zoology, Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411005, India

Yugandhar Satish Shinde is an Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Modern College, Pune. He is interested in the taxonomy and diversity of freshwater Ostracoda from the Western Ghats. 

 

Shruti V. Paripatyadar, Department of Biodiversity, M.E.S’s Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, Maharashtra 411004, India

Shruti V. Paripatyadar is a PhD student at the Department of Biodiversity, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune. She studies aquatic bugs from the Western Ghats, and has a keen interest in Heteroptera in general. 

Sayali D. Sheth, Department of Biodiversity, M.E.S’s Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, Maharashtra 411004, India

Sayali D. Sheth is a PhD student at the Department of Biodiversity, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune. She studies the taxonomy and ecology of aquatic beetles from Western Maharashtra. 

 

Siddharth Kulkarni, Biome Conservation Foundation, Pune, 18, Silver Moon Apts.,1/2A/2, Bavdhan Kh.,Pune, Maharashtra 411021, India

Siddharth Kulkarni is working on taxonomy of Araenomorph spiders. He is a country coordinator for the World Spider Catalog.  

 

Samadhan K. Phuge, Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra 411007, India

Samadhan K. Phuge is a Technical Assistant at the Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. He is keen in studying sexual development and behavioural ecology of frogs and their tadpoles. 

 

Kalyani Bhakare, Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra 411007, India

Kalyani Bhakare is an MPhil Student at the Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. She studies diversity of wetland birds and rotifers.

 

Aboli S. Kulkarni, Department of Biodiversity, M.E.S’s Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, Maharashtra 411004, India

Aboli S. Kulkarni is a PhD student at the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Pune. She is interested in working on taxonomy of Odonata. 

 

Kalpana Pai, Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra 411007, India

Kalpana Pai is a Professor at the Department of Zoology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. She is an immunologist, and is also interested in biodiversity of various aquatic taxa. 

 

Hemant V. Ghate, Department of Zoology, Modern College, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411005, India

Hemant V. Ghate retired as an Associate Professor and Head, Department of Zoology, Modern College, Pune. He is interested in the taxonomy of insects, particularly aquatic beetles and bugs, Cerambycidae as well as pentatomid bugs and mantids. He has also worked on fishes and amphibians from the Western Ghats of India.

 

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