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I,m Surajit Koley from West Bengal, India. I've joined this site today in order to get some species, that I've photographed recently, identified correctly by you. While much works on any American or European or that of any African species are available in the Internet itself, there is very little help on any Indian species that I could find in the internet. Scarcity of good photographs of any Indian species, specially that of the lower vertebrates and that of invertebrates makes the identification more difficult for me.
But before I proceed further, I would like to tell a bit more of myself. I'm 45, a Life Science teacher in a secondary (upper primary to high) school and being an average Bengali not well conversant in English. Though I had had zoology, botany and physiology in my bachelor degree (B.Sc), I wasn't and am not a good student. But, I'm always in pursuit of making myself error-free whenever I present myself before my students, who mainly come from the most backward classes of our rural society, backward in the sense of economical condition, backward in the sense of social rank in our Indian caste-based society.
And that's all for myself barring one last confession - I won't be visiting you frequently, because, I access internet from my home pc using 'dial-up' connection with a very narrow bandwidth. Please do bear with me and extend your helping hands towards me - my students - my blog <http://surajitkoley.blogspot.com>, which is intended chiefly for my future students ( 'computer and internet' is still a dream in Indian rural scenario ).
Let's jump to the identification of the species I present here :-
1) the tree frog is Polypedates leucomystax
2) the toad is Duttaphrynus melanostictus ( though in our zoology text book we read Bufo melanostictus )
3) the frog is Euphlyctis hexadactylus
4) the microchiroptera is Pipistrellus coromandra
5) the wasp is - well, I don't know - is it Polistes sp.? - which species?
Thank you and regards.
(after waiting for a reply for four days, I'm now editing this post a little bit)
I'm asking the members of this forum:-
1) Are the identifications of those species correct?
2) What about the wasp?
I've just found out that the wasp is Polistes olivaceus. It's a common Indian-yellow-wasp. You can have an account of this one at -
1) http://www.vespa-bicolor.net/main/vespi ... vaceus.htm
3) http://www.ento.org.nz/nzentomologist/f ... -41-44.pdf
4) http://www.fehd.gov.hk/safefood/photo_p ... aceus.html
5) http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_q ... +olivaceus
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