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Molluscan-TaxonomyMolluscs or sea shells are among most studied groups. However, most of the work in India is confined to Gastropods, Pelecypods and Cephalopods. Opisthobranchs in India however, have received very little attention. To fill the gap in our knowledge since 2009, extensive surveys were conducted at Lakshadweep, Gujarat and Maharashtra for the same. In three years we were able to record over 150 new range extensions to India. At present survey are continuing in these states along with Andaman Island

Papers published
1.    WILLIAMS SUZANNE, APTE, D.A, OZAWA TOMOWO, KALIGIS FONTJE, NAKANO TOMOYUKI (2010). Speciation and dispersal along continental coastlines and island arcs in the Indo-West Pacific turbinid gastropod genus Lunella. Evolution, 65-6: 1752–1771 (doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01255.x).
2.    APTE, D.A.  (2009) Opisthobranch fauna of Lakshadweep Islands, India with 54 new records to Lakshadweep and 40 new records to India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society. 106(2), 162-175.
3.    APTE, D.A. et al (2010) An Annotated and illustrated Checklist of the Opisthobranch fauna of Gulf of Kutch, Gujarat, India with 20 new records for Gujarat and 14 new records for India. Part 1. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 107 (1), 14-23.
4.    APTE, D.A. & BHAVE, V.J. (2012): Fourteen new records of Opisthobranchs from Lakshadweep, India. Part 2. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society (Accepted).
5.    APTE, D.A.  (2004) Molluscan fauna of Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary A. Gastropoda.  Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, Vol. 101 (2), May-Aug 2004, 201-210.
6.    APTE, D.A. and SALAHUDDIN V.K. (2010). Record of Hexabranchus  sanguineus (Rüppell & Leuckart 1828) from Lakshadweep Archipelago, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society. 107 (3), 261-262.
7.    APTE, D.A. (1999) A new site record for Rapana bulbosa (Dillwyn). Journal of Bombay Natural History Society; Vol 96(3), 491-492.
8.    APTE, D.A. (1999) Maculotriton serrialis (Deshyes in Laborde & Linnet, 1834) from Okha, Gulf of Kutch: A new site record. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society; Vol 96(2), 346.
9.    APTE, D.A. (1999) Range extension of Neocancilla circula (Kiener, 1838). Journal of Bombay Natural History Society; Vol 96(1), 172.
1.    APTE, D.A. (1998) Record of Homalocantha secunda (Lamarck, 1822) from Okha in Gulf of Kutch. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society; Vol 95(3), 526-527.
10.    APTE, D.A. (1992): Record of an abnormal specimen of Turbinella pyrum (Linne, 1758). Journal of Bombay Natural History Society; Vol 89 (2), 267.

Books published
1.    APTE, D.A. (2011) Field Guide to the Marine Life of India. Pp 500 illustrating 1200 species in colour.
2.    APTE, D.A. (1998) Book of Indian Shells published by Bombay Natural History Society, pp 191 with 15 coloured pates illustrating 313 species

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