In December, OutsideIn explores aquatic life and systems!

The first session is with Dr. N. A. Aravind Madhyastha of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), on molluscs!

Molluscs are soft-bodied invertebrates with or without an external shell. They are the second-largest phylum after arthropods with more than one lakh described species to date. They occur in the deepest oceans to the coldest deserts, in both terrestrial and freshwater environments. Freshwater molluscs represent around seven per cent of the global molluscan fauna but have very interesting distribution and ecology. In my talk, I will walk through their diversity, endemism, and importance to the ecosystem, and to human well-being. I will also discuss the threats they are facing and how losing these lesser-known animals will impair the ecosystems they inhabit.

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This series on aquatic life is hosted by Prof. R Sowdhamini of NCBS and Dr. Sameer Padhye, Biologia Life Science LLP.