Category Archives: Underwater

Of butterflyfish and angelfish and their distribution

In our recent paper, just out of the oven, we make a case that latitude and live coral independently determine the species richness of butterflyfish and angelfish communities in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The idea for this paper started … Continue reading

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I found an obese sea star!

Well, maybe not the fattest individual, but definitely abnormal. I have never seen such fat individual of any species in the wild. If you don’t believe me take a look at this fat sea star. Yeah, that’s right, get into … Continue reading

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What are they doing down there?

Edited version published in Sanctuary Asia February 2015. http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/conservation/field-reports/9891-marine-meadows-following-the-feeding-trail-of-the-dugong.html Vardhan Patankar & Elrika D’Souza Living on the edge: dugongs prefer to feed repeatedly on seagrass meadows that are sparsely distributed Dugong ordinarily comes into view only briefly, when they part … Continue reading

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Fancy sea fan

Edited version: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/fancy-sea-fan/article6720483.ece I am a big fan of sea fans! Why won’t anyone be, considering their wonderful shapes and colours? They are found amongst the reefs of the Indo-Pacific oceans, and make some of the most beautiful underwater sights. … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a butterfly fish

The reef that day was filled with plankton. Butterflyfishes drifted through, occasionally stopping to nibble on bits of coral. They were like a school of miniature art models with their protruding mouths and vivid and abstract colours. The warm water … Continue reading

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Dugongs in the Andaman Islands – A Saga

Our love, passion, appreciation and realization of the importance of our surrounding environment and wildlife have resulted in actions to safeguard our environment. We often take it for granted that, the Forest Department and NGO’s, albeit inefficient, are protecting our … Continue reading

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Securing Habitat of Nemo

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in the Andaman Chronicle. A famous Disney animation movie introduced the underwater world through a movie, Finding Nemo. The movie was well received and Nemo, the clown fish, received a lot of attention, not only … Continue reading

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