The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma

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The Fauna of British India (short title) with long titles including The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma,[1] 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".[2][3] W. T. Blanford was appointed editor and began work on the volume on mammals.

In this volume on the mammals, Blanford notes:

After Blanford's death, Arthur Everett Shipley became the editor. The first series was followed by a second edition of some of the volumes such as the mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies. 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, formerly of the Indian Medical Service was appointed editor in May 1928.[4][5] 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.


List of publications in the series in 1914. Average of £1 for each volume


Nematoda, Cestoda, Oligochaeta, Annelida etc.[edit]


Although these volumes were sanctioned, they were never published.[6]

  • Nilsson-Cantell, CA (?) Cirripedia
  • Chopra BN (?) Brachyura (Oxyrhyncha)
  • Seymour Sewell, RB (?) Copepoda (Calanoids)


  • Mortensen, Theodor Echinoidea (This was never produced due to the death of the author. See preface by R B Seymour Sewell in the 1953 Polychaeta volume.)





  • Burr, M. (1910) Dermaptera (Earwigs) [217 p - 10 pl]


  • Fraser, F.C. (1933) Odonata. 1 Introduction, Coenagriidae 423 p
  • Fraser, F.C. (1934) Odonata. 2 Agriidae, Gomphidae 398 p - 120 figs - 4 col. pl.
  • Fraser, F.C. (1936) Odonata. 3 Cordulegasteridae, Aeshnidae, Libellulidae. 46 p.


Second edition


  • Shelford, R. Blattidae (sanctioned but not published)[7]


List of publications from 1936. Prices listed in Rupees
Sanctioned but not published
  • Beeson CFC Scolytidae
  • Beeson CFC Platypodidae
  • Stebbing, E.P. Buprestidae[7]



  • Sharif, M (?) Fleas.



Second edition

Reptilia and Amphibia[edit]

Second edition


  • Day, Francis (July 11, 1889) Fishes Volume I Chondropterygii, Teleoste (Physostomi; Acanthopterygii: Percidae)
  • Day, Francis (September 21, 1889) Fishes Volume II Teleostei (Acanthopterygii excl. Percidae; Anacanthini; Lophobranchii; Plectognathi), Leptocardii
Second edition
  • Hora, SL (?) (projected to be published in 5 volumes in 1953 but not published)


Second edition
  • Baker, Stuart (1922) Birds. 1 524 p
  • Baker, Stuart (1924) Birds. 2 606 p - 86 figs
  • Baker, Stuart (1926) Birds. 3 534 p
  • Baker, Stuart (1927) Birds. 4 471 p - 71 figs
  • Baker, Stuart (1928) Birds. 5 469 p - 49 figs
  • Baker, Stuart (1929) Birds. 6 548 p
  • Baker, Stuart (1930) Birds. 7 484 p (Synonymical catalogue Passeres-Grallae)
  • Baker, Stuart (1930) Birds. 8. 326 p (Synonymical catalogue Grallae - Pygopodes; Corrigenda and Addenda)


  • Blanford, WT (1888, 1891) Mammalia
    • Part 1 Primates, Carnivora, Insectivora
    • Part 2 Chiroptera, Rodentia, Ungulata, Cetacea, Sirenia, Edentata
Second edition


  1. ^ Talbot, G (1947) Butterflies Volume 2 issued in December 1947 includes a slip noting that the title should now read "...including Pakistan, Ceylon and Burma"
  2. ^ Kinnear, N.B. (1951). "The history of Indian mammalogy and ornithology. Part I. Mammals.". J. Bombay. Nat. Hist. Soc. 50: 766–778. 
  3. ^ Kinnear, N.B. (1952). "The history of Indian mammalogy and ornithology. Part II. Birds.". J. Bombay. Nat. Hist. Soc. 51 (1): 104–110. 
  4. ^ Prashad, Baini (1933). "Obituary. Lt.-Col. John Stephenson, IMS, CIE, FRS" (PDF). Current Science. 1: 270–271. 
  5. ^ Baker, ECS (1928). Fauna of British India. Birds. Volume 5 (2 ed.). Taylor and Francis, London. p. iii. 
  6. ^ Sewell, RB Seymour (1953) Preface to the Fauna of India. Polychaeta
  7. ^ a b Lefroy, HM (1910) Review. Fauna of British India. Burr, H.M. JBNHS 20:203-204

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