The cause and consequences of road mortality of herpetofauna in durgapur, West Bengal, India

Sachinandan Dutta*, Himanish Prasad Jana, Subhajit Saha, Subhra Kumar Mukhopadhyay

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Abstract

The mortality rate of herpetofauna due to road accidents in one of the busiest tarmacked metalled roads of Durgapur, an industrial town of West Bengal, India was studied. Road survey for 27 days covering a total distance of 94.5 km was conducted. Within this span of time and the total stretch of road, 354 amphibians belonging to 6 species and 133 reptiles belonging to 11 species were observed to be killed in road-accidents. Among amphibians, Duttaphrynus melanostictus and amongst the reptiles Hemidactylus spp. were killed in highest numbers. The stretch of road under survey passed through different habitat patches like’s agricultural land, human habitation, dumping area, fragmented forest and wetland. On an average, 18 herpetofauna was noted to be killed daily. It was difficult to identify the species as the key characters were missing in the remains in a few cases of road casualties. High road mortality of herpetofauna would surely affect the balance of adjoining ecosystems as well as may be crucial for the local herpetofaunal population attributes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-95
Number of pages8
JournalRussian Journal of Ecology
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • amphibians
  • Durgapur
  • herpetofauna
  • metalled road
  • reptiles
  • Road kill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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