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fauna of british india poster 1914The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma

Part 3 of 3

Series of Scientific Books
Edited by

William Thomas Blanford,
Sir Arthur Everett Shipley,
John Stephenson

Published by Taylor and Francis, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street, London, England.



The Fauna of British India (short title) with long titles including The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma, and The Fauna of British India Including the Remainder of the Oriental Region is a series of scientific books that was published by the British government in India and printed by Taylor and Francis of London. The series was started sometime in 1881 after a letter had been sent to the Secretary of State for India signed by Charles Darwin, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and other "eminent men of science" forwarded by P. L. Sclater to R. H. Hobart.

W. T. Blanford (7 October 1832 – 23 June 1905) was appointed editor and began work on the volume on mammals. After Blanford's death, Arthur Everett Shipley (10 March 1861 – 22 September 1927) became the editor. The first series was followed by a second edition of some of the volumes such a

s the mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies. In 1922-23, Nelson Annandale sought to move the process of preparation of the books and its publication to India. The second edition is sometimes called the "new fauna". There were changes incorporated in this that included for instance the usage of trinomials for the birds. Following Shipley's death in 1927, Lieutenant Colonel John Stephenson, (6 February 1871 - 2 February 1933) formerly of the Indian Medical Service was appointed editor in May 1928. After Indian Independence in 1947 a few volumes were published under the new name of Fauna of India but some of the volumes that were under preparation were never published. The 1953 volume on polychaetes by Pierre Fauvel was published by the Indian Press from Allahabad.

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Reptilia and Amphibia

Günther, A. C. L. G. (1864). Reptiles of British India.

Not part of the Fauna of British India series, but included here for completeness

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Boulenger, G. A. (1890). Reptilia and Batrachia

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Second edition

Smith, M. A. (1931-1943). Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 Volumes. (Volume 4 was to cover Amphibia).

Smith, M. A. (1931). Reptilia and Amphibia. Volume 1.
Loricata and Testudines

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Smith, M. A. (1935). Reptilia and Amphibia. Volume 2.

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Smith, M. A. (1943). Reptilia and Amphibia. Volume 3.

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Day, F. (1889). Fishes Volume 1.
Chondropterygii, Teleoste (Physostomi; Acanthopterygii: Percidae)

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Day, F. (1889). Fishes Volume 2.
Teleostei (Acanthopterygii excl. Percidae; Anacanthini; Lophobranchii; Plectognathi), Leptocardii

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Second edition

Hora, S. L. (?)

Projected to be published in 5 volumes in 1953 but not published)


Oates, E. W. (1889). Birds. Volume 1

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Oates, E. W. (1890). Birds. Volume 2

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Blanford, W. T. (1895). Birds. Volume 3

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Blanford, W. T. (1898). Birds. Volume 4

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Second edition

Baker, S. (1922). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 1

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Baker, S. (1924). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 2

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Baker, S. (1926). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 3

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Baker, S. (1927). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 4

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Baker, S. (1928). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 5

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Baker, S. (1929). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 6

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Baker, S. (1930). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 7

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Baker, S. (1930). Birds. 2Ed. Volume 8

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Blanford, W. T. (1888-1891). Mammalia

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Second edition

Pocock, R. I. (1939). Mammalia Volume 1.
Primates and Carnivora (in part)

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Pocock, R. I. (1941). Mammalia Volume 2.
Carnivora - Aeluroidea, Arctoidea

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Ellerman, J. R. & Roonwal, M. L. (Eds.) (1961). Mammalia Volume 3.

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