About this site

The checklist and the "Ant fauna of the Indian Institute of Science Campus" is basically the electronic version of the Technical report No. 98, at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science. This section, mainly gives information on the ant fauna of the Indian Institute of Science Campus. This is primarily based on the pioneer study by Rastogi et al., in 1997. Various peoples have later added to the ant list and I have got an opportunity to compile them in 2004. I have added few more to the checklist (those are not incuded neither in keys/or in notes section). This part of the site provides a brief introduction to various aspects of ants, their structure, behaviour, nesting habits and associations and so on, which are encountered on the Indian Institute of Science Campus. Ants, as you all know are amazing and immensely diverse in structure, biology, habits etc. I have provided some pictures of ants, some about their nests, their behaviour, at present only few, many more will be added soon.

I have tried to identify them down to species category as much as possible; which are not identified till species level is given the museum's serial number. I hope this attempt will help all beginners in Myrmecology to familiarize with different genera and species of ants seen on our campus. Taxonomic keys at subfamily, genera and species levels are also given wherever possible.

I have made an attempt to compile the extant ants of India and is given under the title "Ants of India". Basic information used in this compilation comes from Bingham (1903), Bolton (1994, 1995, and 2003). I am sure there may be few left out.

The "Photoalbum", is a collection of few selected photographs, which I have taken at various times, using Nikon Coolpix 4500. There are roughly about 400 images and all of them except the general Images of ants, all of them are taken in the field and interestingly, almost all of them are taken from the Indian Institute of Science Campus itself. This section contains images on various aspects of ants, bees, paper wasps, insects, flowers and few general pictures.

I profoundly thank my teacher, Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar for his constant encouragement and incessant support. I am grateful to the Ministry of Environment and Forests for providing all the facilities to work. I thank all my colleagues for their support and co-operation, especially Mrs. Swarnalatha Chandran for her expertise on proof reading and various other things. I thank a lot Mr. Ganesh and Mr.Ponnanna for field assistance. I express my gratitude to Mr. Milind Kolatkar for his professional assistance at various levels.

Many years I spend with ants, in following their trails; peeping into their nests for long hours; staring at them with great curiosity; stunning at their degree of co-operation; waiting in front of their cute houses, awaiting them to come out; looked at their complicated behaviours, tried hard to understand them; the complexity of their behaviour is always mysterious, but whatever they are, they are really amazing. The time I spend with them is not sufficient to understand them; I will continue to be with them to understand them better.

I appreciate your valuable suggestions and comments on this page.

My colleague and friend

helped me greatly in developing this site.