Thasun Amarasinghe

A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe

Research Associate (Taxonomy and Ecology of Asian Herphetofauna)

Thasun Amarasinghe is a renowned herpetologist international known for his research work in South and South-East Asia.He is an editorial advisor of HERPETOTROPICOS, Journal on Tropical Amphibians & Reptiles (ISSN: 1690-7930). As a taxonomist, he devote considerable time to preparing species descriptions and taxonomic revisions, usually initiated by findings in the field whilst collecting and also during the visits to various museums looking at specimens. he have been carrying out such work in South and Southeast Asia since 2005, with a main focus on the countries of Sri Lanka, India, Andaman / Nicobar, and Indonesia specifically (excluding fauna of mainland Papua).

There is some of his interests research like taxonomy of South and South-East Asian Reptile and Amphibians; impacts of forest fragmentation and climate change, breeding ecology of amphibians (Family: Rhacophoridae); and behaviour of South-east Asian primates. Thasun has a strong commitment to furthering the IUCN’s vision and mission. He is an expert member of the National Red Listing Committee for the Ministry of Environment, Government of Sri Lanka, and a commission member of the following IUCN committees: CEM South East Asia including Climate Change Adaptation Thematic Group and Red List of Ecosystems Thematic Group; IUCN Species Survival Commission (Amphibian Specialist Group and Crocodile Specialist Group). He is  currently a Research Scientist at the Research Center for Climate Change, University of Indonesia (RCCC-UI), Depok, Indonesia.

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2017Description of Five New Day Geckos of Cnemaspis kandiana Group (Sauria: Gekkonidae) from Sumatra and Mentawai Archipelago, Indonesia
2017Systematics of Eutropis rugifera (Stoliczka, 1870) (Squamata: Scincidae) including the redescription of the holotype
2017Ecological and behavioural traits of the Sri Lankan water monitor (Varanus salvator) in an urban landscape of Western Province, Sri Lanka
2017Distribution, habitat associations and conservation implications of Sri Lankan freshwater terrapins outside the protected area network
2016Taxonomy and natural history of Eutropis beddomei (Jerdon, 1870) (Reptilia: Scincidae), including a redescription of the holotype
2016http://On the resolution of a long-standing issue surrounding the holotype of Cnemaspis podihuna Deraniyagala, 1944 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae)
2016The Re-discovery of live populations of Cnemaspis tropidogaster (Boulenger, 1885) (Sauria, Gekkonidae) from Sri Lanka after 120 years
2016Taxonomic Reassessment of the Arboreal Toad Genus Pedostibes Günther 1876 (Anura: Bufonidae) and Some Allied Oriental Bufonid Genera
2016Resurrection of Pseudorabdion torquatum (A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854), a former synonym of P. longiceps (Cantor, 1847) (Colubridae: Calamariinae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia
2016Taxonomy of two endemic Indian skinks, Eutropis bibrionii (Gray, 1838) and E. nagarjunensis (Sharma, 1969) (Reptilia: Scincidae), including redescriptions of their types
2015Description of a Second Species of the Genus Rabdion Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854 (Colubridae: Calamariinae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia

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