Understanding of species diversity - a key for viable conservation!
Fields of Interest
Varad specializes in the taxonomy of caecilians of the Western Ghats. He conducted intensive surveys in the northern Western Ghats to study caecilians. The important contribution of his work is the discovery of first live-bearing amphibian from Asia.
Taxonomy of Indian lizards, especially geckos is another expertise of Varad. He is collaborating with various experts in India and abroad for this work. His collaborative work is mainly on new species descriptions and taxonomic revisions.
The ‘croaking’ of frogs and toads also attracted Vara’d attention. In this group, he is interested in the natural history and has reported novel breeding behaviour in a few endemic species from the Western Ghats.
‘Hissss’ passion is evident from the excitement he still carries for snakes, which he first nursed as a masters student in Zoology, a sole reason for his entry in herpetology. He has described a few new species of snakes.
New species named in honour of Varad’s contributions
Dendrelaphis girii (Giri’s Bronzeback) – A snake endemic to the Western Ghats, India.
Cnemaspis girii (Giri’s Day Gecko) – A gecko endemic to the northern Western Ghats.
Cyrtodactylus varadgirii (Giri’s Geckoella) – A gecko endemic to peninsular India.
Indian Herpetological Society, Pune.
RBS Earth Hero (Inspire), 2016
Royal Bank of Scotland