Road kills of amphibians in different land use areas from Sharavathi river basin, central Western Ghats, India

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K.S. Seshadri
A. Yadav
K.V. Gururaja

Abstract

A survey of amphibian mortality on roads was carried out in the Sharavathi river basin in the central Western Ghats. Road kills in three different land use areas: agricultural fields, water bodies and forests were recorded for four days along three 100m stretches in each type of area. One-hundred-and-forty-four individuals belonging to two orders, eight families, 11 genera and 13 species were recorded in the survey. Kills/km observed were: in forest 55, agricultural fields 38 and water bodies 27, for an overall average of 40 kills/km. Kill species compositions varied significantly between land use areas, but not overall kill rates.

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Seshadri, K., Yadav, A. and Gururaja, K. 2009. Road kills of amphibians in different land use areas from Sharavathi river basin, central Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 1, 11 (Nov. 2009), 549–552. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2148.549-52.
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Author Biographies

K.S. Seshadri

K.S. Seshadri is a researcher at ATREE, currently working on epiphytes and canopy ecology at Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

A. Yadav

Amit Yadav is a researcher at CES, currently working on ecological modeling in the watersheds of western Himalaya.

K.V. Gururaja

K.V. Gururaja is a researcher at CES, currently working on the effect of habitat fragmentation on diversity and distribution of amphibians in the Western Ghats.