Arathi A.R.,
Research Scholar

"The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever" was rightly said by Jacques Cousteau. The Sea had always casted its spell on me by its soft sandy shores, deep blue waters, infinite waves, salty sea breezes and vast horizons. This love for sea was the reason for my masters in Aquatic Biology and it was then, I was introduced to the life, colour and beauty of the underwater world by the very efficient teachers, who also sowed the seeds of research interest in me. Luckily, those seeds have grown and presently I work on taxonomy, diversity and phylogeny of bivalve molluscs along west coast of India and Lakshadweep Islands, integrating morphological and molecular taxonomy.

Educational qualifications
Ph D (Aquatic Biology & Fisheries), University of Kerala 2019
MSc (Aquatic Biology & Fisheries), University of Kerala 2011

Research Interest
Research Interest: Bivalves, Taxonomy, Biodiversity documentation, DNA Barcoding. Phylogeny.

Recent publications
1. Arathi, A.R., Oliver P.G.,Ravinesh, R., Siby, P. and Biju Kumar, A. 2019. Clarification of the taxonomic status of Paphia malabarica (Chemnitz, 1782) and does it matter? Journal of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, 7: 15-23.

2. Arathi, A.R., Ravinesh, R and A. Bijukumar. 2017. Diversity of Bivalve Molluscs Along the west coast of India. In, Mainstreaming biodiversity for sustainable development. (Cheruvat, D., et al. ed.), KSBD, tvpm, 234-239. ISBN 978-81-934231-1-0.

3. Biju Kumar, A., Ravinesh, R., Arathi, A.R. and Idreesbabu, K.K. 2015. On the molluscan fauna of Lakshadweep included in various schedules of Wildlife (Protection) Act of India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 7(6): 7253–7268

4. Arathi, A.R., Ravinesh, R., Dhaneesh, K.V. and Bijukumar, A. 2015. Range extension and molecular taxonomy of Propeamussium arabicum (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Propeamussiidae) from Indian waters. Check List, 11(5): 1773

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