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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2021Herpetofaunal diversity of West Bali National Park, Indonesia with identification of indicator species for long-term monitoring. Global Ecology and Conservation
2020A new species of Dendrelaphis Boulenger, 1890 (Reptilia: Colubridae) from the wet zone of Sri Lanka with a redescription of Dendrelaphis bifrenalis (Boulenger, 1890)
2020A new species of Lankascincus Greer, 1991 (Reptilia: Scincidae) with an overview of the L. gansi group
2020Rediscovery of Modigliani’s nose-horned lizard, Harpesaurus modiglianii Vinciguerra, 1933 (Reptilia: Agamidae) after 129 years without any observation
2020Redescription of Lycodon travancoricus (Beddome, 1870)(Reptilia: Colubridae), an Indian endemic snake, with a review of its geographic range
2020On two poorly known, insular skinks, Eutropis tytleri (Theobald, 1868) and E. andamanensis (Smith, 1935)(Reptilia: Scincidae), endemic to the Andaman Islands, India.
2020A revision of Eutropis rudis (Boulenger, 1887), resurrection of E. lewisi (Bartlett, 1895) and description of a new species (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Great Nicobar
2020Taxonomy and distribution of Liopeltis calamaria (Günther, 1858)(Reptilia: Colubridae), including redescription of the syntypes
2020 A new Bent-Toed Gecko species of the genus Cyrtodactylus GRAY, 1827 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the West Bali National Park, Bali, Indonesia
2020A new diminutive day gecko species of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Pilikuttuwa, near the capital of Sri Lanka
2020A reassessment of the systematic position of the Asian ranid frog Hylorana nicobariensis Stoliczka, 1870 (Amphibia: anura) with the description of a new genus
2020On a gazelle eating a dove at Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Short Communication
2019Systematic revision of Microhyla (Microhylidae) frogs of South Asia: a molecular, morphological, and acoustic assessment
2018Systematic Composition of the Eutropis Multifasciata (Kuhl 1820) Species Complex (Squamata: Scincidae) and Designation of a Neotype
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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