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51. Agarwal, I., S. Mahony, V.B. Giri, R. Chaitanya, A.M. Bauer (2018). Six new Cyrtodactylus(Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northeast India. Zootaxa, 4524 (5): 501–535For full paper contact.

50. Lajmi, A., R. Bansal, V.B. Giri & P. Karanth (2018). Phylogeny and biogeography of the endemic Hemidactylus geckos of the Indian subregion suggest multiple dispersals from Peninsular India to Sri Lanka. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 20, 1–16. For full paper contact.

49.  Agarwal, I.A., S. Mahony, V.B. Giri, R. Chaitanya & A.M. Bauer (2018). Six new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northeast India. Zootaxa, 4524 (5), 501–535. For full paper contact.

48. Agarwal, I., A. Khandekar, U. Ramakrishnan, R. Vyas & V.B. Giri (2018). Two new species of the Ophisops microlepis (Squamata, Lacertidae) complex from north-western India with a key to Indian Ophisops. Journal of Natural History, 52, 13-16, 819-847, DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2018.1436203. For full paper contact.

47. Agarwal, I, V.B. Giri & A.M. Bauer (2018). On the Status of Cyrtodactylus malcolmsmithi (Constable, 1949). Breviora 557 (1), 1–11. For full paper contact.

46.  Chaitanya, R., A. Lajmi & V.B. Giri (2018). A new cryptic, rupicolous species of Hemidactylus Oken, 1817 (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from Meghamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. Zootaxa, 4374(1), 49–70. For full paper contact.

45.  Giri, V.B., A.M. Bauer, P. Mohapatra, C. Srinivasulu & I. Agarwal (2017). A new species of large-bodied, tuberculate Hemidactylus Oken (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from the Eastern Ghats, India. Zootaxa, 4347(2), 331–345. For full paper contact.

44.  Chaitanya, R., H.T. Lalremsanga & V.B. Giri (2017). On the occurrence of two species of striped Ichthyophis Fitzinger, 1826 (Amphibia. Gymnophiona. Ichthyophiidae) from Mizoram, India. Checklist, 13(4), 101–105. PDF

43.  Chaitanya, R., V.B. Giri & V. Deepak (2017). On the recent designation of a neotype for the taxon Calotes versicolor (Daudin, 1802) (Reptilia. Agamidae). Zootaxa, 4317(3), 585–587.  For full paper contact.

42.  Giri, V.B., V. Deepak, A. Captain, A. Das, S. Das, K.P. Rajkumar, R.L. Rathish & D. Gower (2017). A new species of Rhabdops Boulenger, 1893 (Serpentes. Natricinae) from the northern Western Ghats region of India. Zootaxa, 4319(1), 27–52. For full paper contact.

41.  Datta-Roy A., V. Deepak, R. Chaitanya, C. Murthy, H. Bhosale, A. Lajmi, P. Karanth, K. Kunte & V.B. Giri (2017). On the taxonomic status of Eurylepis poonaensis (Squamata. Scincidae). resolving a long-standing conundrum. Salamandra, 53(3). 389–397. PDF

40.  Gaitonde N., V. B. Giri & K. Kunte (2016). ‘On the rocks’. reproductive biology of the endemic toad Xanthophryne (Anura. Bufonidae) from the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Natural History, DOI. 10.1080/00222933.2016.1200686. PDF

39.  Willaert B., R. Suyesh, S. Garg, V.B. Giri, M.A. Bee & S.D. Biju (2016). A unique and complex mating strategy without physical contact during fertilization in Nyctibatrachus humayuni (Anura. Nyctibatrachidae), with the description of a new form of amplexus and female advertisement call. PeerJ 4. e2117; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2117. PDF.

38.  Deepak, V., V.B. Giri, M. Asif, S.K. Dutta, R. Vyas, A.M. Zabbre, H. Bhosale & K.P. Karanth (2016). Systematics and phylogeny of Sitana (Reptilia. Agamidae) of Peninsular India, with description of a new genus and five new species. Contributions to Zoology, 85(1), 67–111. 

37.  Gower, D.J., V.B. Giri, A. Captain & M. Wilkinson (2016). A reassessment of Melanophidium Günther, 1864 (Squamata. Serpentes. Uropeltidae) from the Western Ghats of peninsular India, with the description of a new species. Zootaxa, 4085(4), 481–503. For full paper contact.

36.  Lajmi, A., V.B. Giri & K.P. Karanth (2016). Molecular data in conjunction with morphology help resolve the Hemidactylus brookii complex (Squamata. Gekkonidae). Org. Divers. Evol. DOI. 10.1007/s13127-016-0271-9. PDF

35.  Gower, D.J., I. Agarwal, K.P. Karanth, A. Datta-Roy, V.B. Giri, M. Wilinson & D. San Mauro (2016). The role of wet-zone fragmentation in shaping biodiversity patterns in peninsular India. insights from the caecilian amphibian Gegeneophis. Journal of Biogeography doi.10.1111/jbi.12710. PDF

34.  Deepak, V., R. Vyas, V.B. Giri & K.P. Karanth (2015). A taxonomic mystery for more than 180 years. the identity and systematic position of Brachysaura minor (Hardwicke & Gray, 1827). Vertebrate Zoology, 65(3), 371–381. PDF

33.  Murthy, B.H.C.K., Bauer, A., Lajmi, A., Agarwal, I & V.B. Giri (2015). A new rock dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from Chhattisgarh, India. Zootaxa, 4021(2), 334–350. For full paper contact.

32.  Agarwal, I., M. Wilkinson, P.P. Mohapatra, S.K. Dutta, V.B. Giri & D.J. Gower (2013). The first teresomatan caecilian (Amphibia. Gymnophiona) from the Eastern Ghats of India—a new species of Gegeneophis Peters, 1880. Zootaxa, 3696(4), 534–546. For full paper contact.

31.  Datta-Roy, A., P.P. Mohapatra, S.K. Dutta, V.B. Giri, V. Deepak, S.T. Maddock, P. Raj, I. Agarwal & P. Karanth (2013). A long-lost relic from the Eastern Ghats. Morphology, distribution and habitat of Sepsophis punctatus Beddome, 1870 (Squamata. Scincidae). Zootaxa, 3670(1), 055–062. For full paper contact.

30.  Gower, D.J., V.B. Giri, V.R. Torsekar, K. Gaikwad & M. Wilkinson (2013). On the taxonomic status of Gegeneophis nadkarnii Bhatta & Prashanth, 2004 (Amphibia. Gymnophiona. Indotyphlidae). Zootaxa, 3609(2), 204–212. For full paper contact.

29.  Pal, S.P., K.S. Gaikwad, C. Murthy, S.K. Dutta And V.B. Giri (2013). New locality records of the recently described gecko Hemidactylus aaronbaueri Giri, 2008 with additional notes on natural history. Hamadryad, 36(2), 162–167. PDF

28.  Smith, E.N., H. Ogale, V. Deepak & V.B. Giri (2012). A new species of coralsnake of the genus Calliophis (Squamata. Elapidae) from the West Coast of Peninsular India. Zootaxa, 3437, 51–68. For full paper contact.

27.  Agarwal, I, A. Datta-Roy, A.M. Bauer & V.B. Giri (2012). Rediscovery of Geckoella jeyporensis (Squamata. Gekkonidae), with notes on morphology, coloration and habitat. Hamadryad, 36(1), 17–24. PDF

26.  A.M. Bauer, R. Vyas, T.R. Jackman, A. Lajmi & V.B. Giri (2012). Hemidactylus porbandarensis Sharma,1981 is a synonym of Hemidactylus robustus Heyden, 1827. Hamadryad, 36(1), 46–51. PDF

25.  Biju, S.D., I. Bocxlaer, S. Mahony, K.P. Dinesh, C. Radhakrishnan, A. Zachariah, V. Giri & F. Bossuyt (2011). A taxonomic review of the Night Frog genus Nyctibatrachus Boulenger, 1882 in the Western Ghats, India (Anura. Nyctibatrachidae) with description of twelve new species. Zootaxa, 3029, 1–96. For full paper contact.

24.  Gower, D.J., D. San Mauro, V. Giri, G. Bhatt, V. Govindappa, R. Kotharambath, O.V. Oommen, F.A. Fatih, J.A. Mackenzie-Dodds, R.A. Nussbaum, S.D. Biju, Y.S. Shouche & M. Wilkinson (2011). Molecular systematics of caeciliid caecilians (Amphibia. Gymnophiona) of the Western Ghats, India. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59, 698–707. PDF

23.  Ines Van Bocxlaer, S.D. Biju, B. Willaert, V.B. Giri, Y.S. Shouche, F. Bossuyt (2011). Mountain-associated clade endemism in an ancient frog family (Nyctibatrachidae) on the Indian subcontinent. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62, 839–847. PDF

22.  Giri, V., D.J. Gower, K. Gaikwad & M. Wilkinson (2011). A second species of Gegeneophis Peters (Amphibia. Gymnophiona. Caeciliidae) lacking secondary annular grooves. Zootaxa, 2815, 49–58. For full paper contact.

21.  Agarwal, I, V.B. Giri & A.M. Bauer (2011). A new cryptic rock-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from south India. Zootaxa, 2765, 21–37. For full paper contact.

20. Bauer A. M., T. R. Jackman, E. Greenbaum, A. De Silva, V. B. Giri & I. Das (2010). Molecular evidence for the taxonomic status of Hemidactylus brookii group taxa (Squamata. Gekkonidae). Herpetological Journal, 20, 129–138. PDF

19.  Bauer, A. M., T. R. Jackman, E. Greenbaum, V. B. Giri & A. De Silva (2010). South Asia supports a major endemic radiation of Hemidactylus geckos. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 57, 343–352. PDF

18.  Giri, V.B., A. M. Bauer, R. Vyas & S. Patil (2009). A new species of rock dwelling gecko, Hemidactylus gujaratensis sp. nov. (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from Gujarat, India. Journal of Herpetology, 43(3), 385–393. PDF

18.  Giri, V.B., K.S. Gaikwad & A.M. Bauer (2009). A new ground dwelling species of Cnemaspis Strauch (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from the northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India. Zootaxa, 2164, 49–60. For full paper contact.

17.  Giri, V.B., I. Agarwal & A.M Bauer (2009). Designation of a Neotype for Cnemaspis mysoriensis (Jerdon 1853) (Sauria. Gekkonidae), with a redescription and notes on its distribution and habitat. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 16(4), 256–264. PDF

16.  S.D. Biju, I. Bocxlaer, V.B. Giri, S.P. Loader & F. Bossuyt (2009). Two new endemic genera and a new species of toad (Anura. Bufonidae) from the Western Ghats of India. BMC Research Notes, 2. 241. PDF

15.  Gaikwad, K.S., H. Kulkarni, R. Bhambure & V.B. Giri (2009). Notes on the distribution, natural history and variation of Hemidactylus albofasciatus (Grandison and Soman, 1963) (Squamata. Gekkonidae). J. Bom. nat. Hist. Soc.I, 106 (3), 305–312. PDF

14.  Gower, D.J., V.B. Giri, M.S. Dharane & Y.S. Shouche (2008). Frequency of independent origins of viviparity among caecilians (Gymnophiona). evidence from the first ‘live-bearing’ Asian amphibian. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21, 1220–1226. PDF

13.  GIRI V.B. & A.M. BAUER (2008). A new ground-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from Maharashtra, with a key to the Hemidactylus of India. Zootaxa, 1700, 21–34. For full paper contact. 

12.  Giri, V.B. (2008). A new rock-dwelling Hemidactylus (Squamata. Gekkonidae) from Maharashtra, India. Hamadryad, 32(1), 25–33. PDF

11.  Bauer, A.M., V.B. Giri, E. Greenbaum, T.R. Jackman, M.S. Dharne & Y.S. Shouche (2008). On the systematics of the gekkonid genus Teratolepis Günther, 1869. another one bites the dust. Hamadryad, 32, 13–27. PDF

10. Gower, D.J., M. Dharne, G. Bhatta, V.B. Giri, R. Vyas, V. Govindappa, O.V. Oommen, J. George, Y. Shouche & M. Wilkinson (2007). Remarkable genetic homogeneity in unstriped, long-tailed Ichthyophis along 1500km of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Zoology, 272, 266–275. PDF

9.  Gower, D. J., V.B. Giri & M. Wilkinson (2007). Rediscovery of Gegeneophis seshachari Ravichandran, Gower & Wilkinson, 2003 at the type locality (Amphibia. Gymnophiona. Caeciliidae). Herpetozoa, 19(3/4), 121–127. PDF

8.  Biju, S.D., I.V. Bocxlaer, V.B. Giri, K. Roelants, J. Nagaraju & F. Bossuyt (2007). A new nightfrog, Nyctibatrachus minimus sp. nov. (Anura Nyctibatrachidae). The smallest frog from India. Current Science, 93(6), 854–858. PDF

7.  Giri, V.B. & A. Bauer (2006). Notes on the distribution, natural history and variation of Hemidactylus prashadi Smith, 1935.  Hamadryad, 30(1&2), 55–60. PDF

6.  Bauer, A., V.B. Giri, S. Kehimkar & I. Agarwal (2005). Notes on Hemidactylus gracilis Blanford 1870, a poorly known Indian gecko. Gekko, 4(1).

5.  Giri, V.B. & N. Chaturvedi (2001). Preliminary Survey of Herpetofauna in the Western Ghats Region of Maharashtra. Tigerpaper, XXVIII 2, 1–7.

4.  Giri, V.B., Gower, D.J. & Wilkinson, M. (2004). A new species of Indotyphlus Taylor (Amphibia. Gymnophiona. Caeciliidae) from the Western Ghats of India. Zootaxa, 739, 1–19. For full paper contact.

3.  Bauer, A. & V.B. Giri (2004). On the systematic status of Geckoella deccanensis (Günther, 1864) and G. albofasciata (Boulenger, 1885) (Squamata. Gekkonidae). Hamadryad, 28(1&2), 51–58. PDF

2.  Giri, V.B., Wilkinson, M. & Gower, D. J. (2003). A new species of Gegeneophis Peters (Amphibia. Gymnophiona. Caeciliidae) from the Western Ghats of southern Maharashtra, India, with a key to the species of the genus. Zootaxa, 351, 1–101. For full paper contact.

1.   Giri, V.B. & A. Bauer & N. Chaturvedi (2003). Notes on the distribution, natural history and variation of Hemidactylus giganteus Stoliczka 1871. Hamadryad, Vol. 27(2), 217–221. PDF

Short notes

13.  Venkatachalaiah, G., G. Venu, V.B.  Giri & M. Wilkinson (2006). Studies on the karyotype of Indotyphlus battersbyi Taylor (Amphibia. Gymnophiona. Caeciliidae). Journal of Cytology and GeneticsI, 7, 47–56.

12.  Giri, V.B., V. Katdare, D. Fernandes & A. Rahmani (2006). The status of sea turtles on the Maharashtra and Goa coasts. In. Towards an integrated and collaborative sea turtle conservation programme in India. a UNEP/CMS-IOSEA Project Report (eds. K. Shanker and H.V. Andrews). Centre for Herpetology/Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Post Bag 4, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu. pp 45–57.

11.  Vyas, R., V.B. Giri & AM. Bauer (2005). First record of Hemidactylus persicus Anderson, 1872 (Squamata. Sauria. Gekkonidae) from the Republic of India, with notes on its distribution. Hamadryad, 30(1), 209–211. PDF

10.  Gower, D.J., G. Bhatta, V.B. Giri, O.V. Oommen, M.S. Ravichandran & M. Wilkinson (2004). Biodiversity in the Western Ghats. the discovery of new species of caecilian amphibians. Current Science, 87, 739–740. PDF

9.  Giri, V.B. & N. Chaturvedi (2003). Status of Marine Turtles of Maharashtra. Kachhapa Issue No., 8, 11–15.

8.  Sivakumar, S., R. Manakadan & V.B. Giri (2003). Report of the painted kaloula Kaloula taprobanica in Andhra Pradesh. J. Bom. nat. Hist. Soc., 100(2&3), 631. PDF

7.  Giri, V.B. & N. Chaturvedi (2003). Status of Marine Turtles in Maharashtra, India. Kachhapa, Issue No. 8.

6.  Giri, V.B. (2002). Occurrence of Ceylon Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger) in Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary. J. Bom. nat. Hist. Soc., 99(1), 116–117. PDF

5.  Giri, V.B. & N. Chaturvedi (2001).  Survey of Marine Turtles along the coast of Maharashtra and Goa (2002). Proceedings of the National Workshop for the development of a National Sea Turtle Conservation Action Plan, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. Ed. Kartik Shanker and B. C. Choudhury. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

4.  Giri, V.B., V. Hegde & V. Patil (2001). Occurrence of Ceylon Kaloula Kaloula taprobanica (Family. Microhylidae) at Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu. J. Bom. nat. Hist. Soc., 98 (1), 121. PDF

3.  Giri, V.B. & V. Hegde (2001). Occurrence of Cnemaspis kandianus in Amboli Maharashtra. J. Bom. nat. Hist. Soc., Vol. 98(3), 454. PDF

2.  Chaturvedi, N., V.B. Giri & V. Hegde (2001). Migration of Commander Butterfly Limenitis procris (Cramer). J. Bom. nat. Hist. Soc., 98(2), 30

 1.  Giri, V.B. (2001). Preliminary Survey of Sea Turtles along the Coast of Maharashtra and Goa. Kachhapa, Issue No. 4.

Book Chapters

3.  S. D. Biju, R.G. Kamei, G. Bhatta, V. Giri, N. Cox, I. Das & F. Bossuyt (2008). Diversity and conservation status of the Western Ghats amphibians. Threatened amphibians of the world. Published by Lynx Edicions, in association with IUCN – The World Conservation Union, Conservation International and NatureServe. PDF

2.  V.B. Giri – ‘Marine Turtles of Maharashtra and Goa’ in the book ‘Marine Turtles of India’ published by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. PDF

1.  V.B. Giri (2012). Amboli – Hidden herp heaven. Wild Maharashtra. Sanctuary Magazine, Mumbai. PDF