R. Rajendar Kumar


R. Rajendar Kumar

Assistant Zoologist

Highest Academic degree, year

M. Sc 2008


Marine Biology Regional Centre

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Area of Expertise

Taxonomy: Marine Gastropod and Micro Mollusc

Experience after Ph. D.


Significant Achievements

- Discovered 01 new Marine Eel species

Discovered 03 New records of Marine micro mollusc.

Discovered 01 New record Marine Bivalve

- Contribution to the taxonomy of Marine Gastropod families

-Contribution to the identification of confiscated Marine Gastropod

20 Research papers



Research Focus

- Taxonomy and classification of Marine Gastropod

Taxonomy and classification of Marine Micro mollusc Gulf of Mannar

- Species diversity and distribution Of Marine Gastropod





  • Kumar, Rupavath Rajendar, et al. "Occurrence of deep-seagastropod, TurbonillajuliaePeñas and Rolán, 2010 (Family: Pyramidellidae) in Indian waters: A checklist of genus Turbonilla." Records of the Zoological Survey of India 122.2 (2022): 199-202.
  • Rupavath, Rajendar Kumar, Rajkumar Rajan, and VanishreeJegadeesan. "Range extension and first record of Meretrix lusoria (Röding, 1798)(Mollusca: Bivalvia: Veneridae) from Indian coastal waters." Records of the Zoological Survey of India 120.4 (2021): 507-509.
  • Kumar, R. Rajendar, and K. Praveen. "First Record of Cantharus melanostoma (Sowerby, 1825)(Gastropoda) from Andhra Pradesh Coast." Records of the Zoological Survey of India 120.1 (2020): 95-96.
  • Bhaskar, Ranjana, Mrinal Kumar Das, E. Agnita Sharon, Rupavath Rajendar Kumar, and Chandika RG. "Genetic identification of marine eels (Anguilliformes: Congroidei) through DNA barcoding from Kasimedu fishing harbour." Mitochondrial DNA Part B 6, no. 12 (2021): 3354-3361.
  • MK, DAS, Anil Mohapatra, Kumar R. Rajendar, and Ranjana Bhaskar. "A new species Ophichthuschennaiensis sp. nov.(Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from the southeast coast of India." Zootaxa 4895, no. 2 (2020): zootaxa-4895.
  • Das, M. K., Rajendar, R., Surendar, C., & Padmanaban, P. (2022). Length-weight relationships for five fish species from Gulf of Mannar, southeast coast of India. Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences (IJMS)51(06), 573-575.
  • Kumar, R. Rajendar. "Distribution of molluscan fauna in Coringa estuarine mangroves, South East Coast of India." Biolife 4.2 (2016): 261-264.
  • Das, Mrinal Kumar, R. Rajendar Kumar, and P. Padmanaban. "First record of Pseudamiagelatinosa Smith, 1956 (Perciformes: Apogonidae) from Gulf of Mannar, Southeast coast of India." Records of the Zoological Survey of India 121.2 (2021): 307-309.
  • Padmanaban, P., A. Anand Kumar, R. Rajendar Kumar, C. Surendar, and J. Vanishree. "On the Polyclads from the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve with new records." Records of the Zoological Survey of India 120, no. 4 (2021): 445â-453
  • Tenjing, S. Yambem, Rupavath Rajendar Kumar, N. Narasimhaiah, and Durga Prasad Behera. "Invasion of living fossil bivalve, Dosinia japonica (Reeve, 1850) along the Indian coast." Current Science 116, no. 6 (2019): 894-897..
  • Basker, Brindhadevi, Jayapradha Bommusamy, and Rajendar Kumar. "Record of the rare triseriate auger Triplostephanustriseriatus (Gray, 1834) with notes on its distribution along the Indian coast." (2017).
  • Sivaleela, Gunasekaran, Chandra Surendar, and Rubavath Rajendar Kumar."Free-living marine nematodes in Andhra Pradesh Coast, India." Records of the Zoological Survey of India 121.2 (2021): 283-301.
  • Fauna (Epibenthic and Epifauna) associated with Sea Grass Ecosystems in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata AND j. Vanishreerajkumarrajan, k. Paramasivam, s. Shrinivaasu, c. Venkatraman, k. Venkataraman, p. Padmanaban, c. Surendar, rajendarkumarisbn: 978–81–8171–468–8