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The Western Ghats, also known by the name ‘Sahyadri’, constitute a 1600km long, about 45-65 million years old mountain chain, along the west coast of India. Originating from south of the Tapti River (near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra) and extending upto Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula (between 20o N lat. to 8oN lat), the Western Ghats cover an area of 1, 60, 000 sq. km. It is an important life supporting system of Peninsular India with an extremely diverse range of biotic provinces and biomes. Being one of the richest areas of Biological wealth exhibiting a high degree of endemism, the Western Ghats is acclaimed as one among the 34 globally identified Biodiversity Hotspots that form a major part of the Western Ghats - Sri Lanka Hotspot.

The Western Ghat Regional Centre at Calicut, Kerala, established in April, 1980, under the Sixth Five Year Plan of the Government of India, is one among the sixteen Regional Centres of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), the internationally acclaimed taxonomic organization of the country.

The jurisdictional limit of the Centre encompasses the entire biogeographical zone of the Western Ghats, an extremely important life supporting system of Peninsular India. The Centre is engaged in the documentation of the rich and diverse faunal components/ resources of the Western Ghats and Kerala, by conducting field explorations and scientific studies.