Abhijit Das, Ph.D


Abhijit DasAbhijit Das,
Ph.D Scientist - D
Phone: 0135-2646205
E-mail :abhijit [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in

My academic qualification includes a PhD in Zoology from Utkal University, Orissa and MSc from Gauhati University, Assam. I got interested in the study of reptiles and amphibians while pursuing my bachelor degree in zoology.    

My primary research interest includes morphological and molecular systematics, biogeography and conservation. I wish to initiate herpetofaunal inventory and monitoring programme for the protected areas of India to generate information on diversity and endemism. My long time research interest lies in understanding evolutionary origin and diversification of Himalayan herpetofauna.

Area of Interest: Systematics, Cladistic Biogeography, Macroecology

Research Papers:

  • Das, A. Gower D. J. Deepak V. 2020. Lost and found: rediscovery and systematics of the Northeast Indian snake Hebius pealii (Sclater, 1891). Vertebrate Zoology. 70(3): 305–318. DOI:10.26049/VZ70-3-2020-04
  • Patel N and Das A. 2020. Shot the Spot: A reliable field method for identification of Amolops formosus (Anura: Ranudae). Herpetozoa. 33:7-15 10.3897/Herpetozoa@47279
  • Khan S., Nath A. and Das A. 2020. the distribution of the elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) on the Indian subcontinent: implications for conservation and management. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 15(1):212–227.
  • Patel, N, Baruah B. and Das A. 2020. Sibynophis Sagittarius: Albinism. Herpetological Review. 51(1): 156
  • Chaida L. Das A., Tshering U., & Wangdi D.  2020. Assamese Cat Snake Boiga quincunciata (Wall, 1908) (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) - new country record for Bhutan. Journal of Threatened Taxa 12(5): 15664–15667 ISSN 0974-7907 (Online) | ISSN 0974-7893 (Print) 
  • Mittal, A, Tao B, and Das A 2019. Manouria impressa, First record from India. Herpetological Review, 50(3): 523
  • Das, A and Prasad, V. 2019: Diversity and Ecology of Herpetofauna of Panna Tiger Reserve. Final Report submitted to MP State Biodiversity Board and MP Forest Department.
  • Das A, Garg S, Hamidy A, Smith EN, Biju SD. 2019. A new species of Micryletta frog(Microhylidae) from Northeast India. PeerJ 7:e7012 DOI 0.7717/peerj.7012.


  • Garg S, Das A, Kamei RG & Biju SD, 2019 Delineating Microhyla ornata (Anura, Microhylidae):mitochondrial DNA barcodes resolve century-old taxonomic misidentification. Mitochondrial DNA Part B 3:2, 856-861, DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2018.1501286


  • Giri VB, Gower DJ, Das A, Lalremsanga HT, Lalronunga S, Captain A  & Deepak V 2019 A new genus and species of natricine snake from northeast India. Zootaxa 4603 (2): 241–264


  • Nath A, Das, A, Sutradhar S, Barman D, Chakdar B, mulIya SK, kumar GC, 2019 New distribution records of Daboia russelii (Shaw & Nodder, 1797), in the Northeast of India, with notes on envenomation. Herpetozoa 31 (3/4): 145 – 156


  • Garg S, Suyesh R, Das A, Jiang J, Wijayathilaka N , Amarasinghe AAT, Alhadi F, Vineeth KK, Aravind NA, Senevirathne G, Meegaskumbura M & Biju SD. 2019. Systematic revision of Microhyla (Microhylidae) frogs of South Asia: a molecular, morphological, and acoustic assessment. Vertebrate Zoology. 69 (1): 1 – 71


  • Wang K, Jiang K, Deepak V, Das A, Hou M, Che J, and Siler CD, 2018 On the Occurrences of Japalura kumaonensis and Japalura tricarinata (Reptilia: Sauria: Draconinae) in China. Herpetologica, 74(2):181-190.


  • Boruah B, Raj P, Dutta SK, Das A 2018. Redescription and geographic distribution of Raorchestes shillongensis (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Meghalaya, Northeast India. Phyllomedusa 17(1):3–20, 2018


  • Varad B. Giri, V. Deepak, A. Captain, A. Das, S. Das, K. P. Rajkumar, R. L. Rathish & David J. Gower, 2017. A new species of Rhabdops Boulenger, 1893 (Serpentes: Natricinae) from the northern Western Ghats region of India. Zootaxa 4319 (1): 027–052


  • Mohapatra P.P, Dutta S. K. Kar, N. L., Das A. Murthy, B. H. C.K. and Deepak V. 2017.  Ahaetulla nasuta anomalus (Annandale 1906) (Serpentes:Colubridae), a valid species with marked sexual dimorphism. Zootaxa. 4263 (2): 318-332.


  • Das, A., Sharma P., Surendran H. Nath A. Ghosh S. Dutta D, Mondol J. and Wangdi Y., 2016.  Additions to the herpetofauna of Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan, with six new country records. Herpetology Notes. 9: 261-278.


  • Sengupta S., Das, A. Ahmed F. 2016. Distribution of Rhacophorus burmanus (Andersson, 1939) with notes on natural history. Herpetozoa 29 (3/4): 1-6.


  • Das, A. and K. Vasudevan 2015. Notes on the distribution and natural history of Dinodon septentrionalis (Günther, 1875) from India. Hamadryad. 37(1&2):127-131.


  • K. D. Schulz, F. Tillack, A. Das and N. Helfenberger. 2015. On the identity and taxonomic status of Coluber nuthalli Theobald, 1868, with re-description of the type specimens of Coluber nuthalli and Elaphis yunnanensis Anderson, 1879 (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae). Asian Herpetological Research. 6(1):1-10


  • Das, A., M. Chetia, S. K. Dutta, S. Sengupta. 2013. A new species of Duttaphrynus (Anura: Bufonidae) from Northeast India. Zootaxa 3646 (4): 336–348.


  • Das, A., P. P. Mohapatra, J. Purkayastha, S. Sengupta, S. K. Dutta, M. F. Ahmedand F. Tillack. 2010. A contribution to Boiga gokool (Gray, 1835). (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Russian Journal of Herpetology. 17 (3): 161-178.


  • Das, I. and Das A. (2017). A naturalist’s guide to the Reptiles of India including Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. John Beaufoy publishing limited, UK. 
  • Das, A. (ed) 2017. Diversity and Ecology of Amphibians of India. ENVIS bulletin: Wildlife and Protected areas. Vol. 19. Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun 248001, India.
  • Ahmed, M.F., A. Das and S. K. Dutta, 2009. Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeast India. A photographic Guide. Aaranyak. Guwahati. 168 pp.