By Monisha Rajesh
To appreciate India you'll want to see it, listen it, breathe it and suppose it. Monisha Rajesh turns to a map of the Indian railways and takes a web page out of Jules Verne’s vintage story, embarking on an event round India in eighty trains, protecting 40,000km. Monisha hopes that eighty teach trips up, down and throughout India will carry the veil on a rustic that has turn into a stranger to her.
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Hypostome is longer than palpi; hooklets and dental features are approximately as in nymph. 4 times as broad as long, broadest at anterior one-third of scutal length. Cervical grooves are as arcs extending somewhat beyond scutal mid-length. Punctations number three or four pairs. Legs are moderately long and narrow. Legs: Coxa II and I are each with a broadly rounded marginal ridge replacing spur; III with spur very small, short, broadly rounded. Host79,110 Immature stages: Small rodents, foxes, hares, wild goats, domestic cats, Himalayan thar, mice, domestic sheep, Himalayan Monal pheasant, mountain field mouse/vole, sweeping the ground vegetation.
Chordeilis. The distinguishing characters of the adults have been amply discussed by Hoogstraal and Varma (1962). The nymphs and larvae of H. punctata can be readily separated from those of H. cornupunctata for having a distinct basolateral salience on palpal segment II. All the stages of H. chordeilis can also be distinguished from H. cornupunctata in having a distinct basolateral salience on palpal segment II. The adults can further be distinguished by their smaller cornua, and the male by the shape of scutum being ovoid, instead of elongate-oval.
Winter snow soon melts except in the higher hills. The forests are mostly pine with little undergrowth. Ravines have oak forests with scattered rhododendron trees. Uttarkashi, where H. sundrai was collected, is at approximately 3,400 ft altitude in the Bhagirathi River valley. The average annual rainfall is about 65 inches, and the climate is warmer than Bhowali. The plains beside the valley are intensely cultivated, but the surrounding hills are covered with scrub jungle and at higher altitudes, with pine forest.