Dr. Pratyush P. Mohapatra

Scientist E

Dr. Pratyush P. Mohapatra



Highest Academic degree, year

Ph.D.; 2010



Reptilia Section


Email Address


Phone Number

+91 9437171712


Area of Expertise

Taxonomy: Reptilia, Amphibia, Scorpiones


Experience after Ph. D.

13 years


Significant Achievements

  • Discovered 14 new species (08 species of Reptiles, 03 species of Amphibians and 03 species of Cicadas).
  • Ongoing studies on the Taxonomic and Conservation status assessment of reptiles in India.
  • Ongoing research on animal behaviour, ecology and evolution.
  • IUCN assessor for 130 species of reptiles of South Asia.


Awarded: 01

Registered: 02



Research Focus

  • Herpetology
  • Wildlife biology
  • Community Conservation
  • Human-wildlife conflict mitigation
  • Policies related to Wildlife Management in Protected Areas, human-animal conflict, species conservation, Invasive & Alien species identification and management.






Selected publications

  • Mohapatra, Pratyush P., I. Agarwal, R. Mohalik, S.K. Dutta and A. Khandekar (2023). Hemidactylus paucifasciatus (Squamata: Gekkonidae), a new species of large bodied, tuberculate gecko from Northern Odisha, India. Zootaxa 5301 (3): 365–382.
  • Deepak, V., S. Narayanan, P.P. Mohapatra, S.K. Dutta, G. Melvinselvan, A. Khan, K. Mahlow and F. Tillack (2021). Revealing two centuries of Confusion: New insights on nomenclature and systematic position of Argyrogena fasciolata (Shaw, 1802) (auctt.), with description of a new species from India (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Vertebrate Zoology, 71: 253–316. DOI 10.3897/vz.71.e64345.
  • Narayanan, S., P.P. Mohapatra, A. Balan, S. Das and D.J. Gower (2021). A new species of Xylophis Beddome, 1878 (Serpentes: Pareidae) from the southern Western Ghats of India. Vertebrate Zoology, 71: 219–230. DOI 10.3897/vz.71.e63986
  • Deepak, V., Frank Tillack, Niladri B. Kar, Vivek Sarkar and Pratyush. P. Mohapatra*. (2021). Description of a new species of Sitana (Squamata: Agamidae) from Central and Eastern India. Zootaxa. 4948 (2): 261–274. DOI:
  • Mohapatra, Pratyush P., A. Khandekar, S.K. Dutta, C. Mahapatra & I. Agarwal (2020). A novel, diminutive Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from a sacred grove in Odisha, eastern India. Zootaxa. 4852 (4): 485–499. DOI:


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