The status and distribution of major aquatic fauna in the National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary in Rajasthan with special reference to the Gangetic Dolphin Platanista gangetica gangetica (Cetartiodactyla: Platanistidae)

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A.K. Nair

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This paper records observation on the status and distribution of Gangetic Dolphin, Gharial, Mugger and other aquatic animals, and birds in the National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary in Rajasthan during the Chambal river expedition conducted with the Indian Army in May 1998. A total of five Gangetic Dolphins, nine Gharials, 14 Indian Mugger crocodiles and 118 species of birds were sighted during the survey of 350km-long stretch of the river Chambal from Keshoraipatan-Bundi to Dhaulpur. The current status of the riverine habitat in view of disturbance and other anthropogenic factors is discussed and suggestions made to safeguard the sanctuary from various threats.

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Nair, A. 2009. The status and distribution of major aquatic fauna in the National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary in Rajasthan with special reference to the Gangetic Dolphin Platanista gangetica gangetica (Cetartiodactyla: Platanistidae). Journal of Threatened Taxa. 1, 3 (Mar. 2009), 141–146. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o1615.141-6.
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A.K. Nair

Anil K. Nair is a conservationist working in Hadothi region of Rajasthan. Honorable Secretary of Hadothi Naturalists Society and Hobby Nature Club, Kota. A member of BNHS, IBCN, OBC, his latest work is on community involvement for conservation of Sarus Cranes in Hadothi region.