Plasmodium, the malaria parasite, is believed to be of simian origin. Non-human primates can act as a reservoir for this parasite, and in certain cases the parasite has been shown to be transmissible between humans and apes. Researchers led by Praveen Karanth from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru recently profiled Plasmodium in multiple Indian non-human primate species, in an effort to better understand the spread of this parasite in monkey populations.
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), an aquatic fungus, has been implicated in the decline or extinction of nearly 200 frog species worldwide. Now for the first time, researchers have mapped and assessed the spread of this deadly pathogen in Indian frog populations, performing extensive field studies in locations ranging from the Himalayas to the Western Ghats to the Anadaman and Nicobar islands.
Study shows, wild untrained monkeys can communicate with unfamiliar humans to request for food.
First-ever study on Nicobar long-tailed macaques finds they have high levels of sensorimotor skills.They are experts at eating hard-to-open fruits like coconut and even floss their teeth after eating.
New research explains how conspicuous stripes on lizards' upper bodies can dazzle predators and deflect attacks towards their expendable tails.