Rachunliu G. Kamei, Ph.D +

Rachunliu G. Kamei, Ph.D

Rachunliu G. Kamei, Ph.D
Associate Conservation Scientist

​​Rachunliu G. Kamei specializes on the amphibians of India, with special reference to caecilian systematics and biology. She obtained a Master’s degree in Botany. As an Assistant Professor she taught Biology and Environmental Studies (from 2005–2010) at St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India. Starting in 2006, Chun began field research on the amphibians of North East India, a generally remote and geographical region (ca. 260,000 km2) comprising eight geographically and ethnically disparate states bordering Myanmar, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. She obtained her doctorate on the taxonomy, systematics, reproductive ecology, and conservation of North East India’s caecilians from Systematics Lab, Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi. Her pioneering field-based research on the caecilians of North East India has resulted in the most comprehensive study of caecilians from any one region in Asia. Her research interests are field explorations, taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, reproductive ecology, and conservation of amphibians. While Chun’s primary interest is in continuing to explore the poorly documented North East Indian amphibian fauna, she plans to diversify into reptiles and into the adjoining regions in South and South East Asia.


  • PhD in Environmental Sciences: In taxonomy, systematics, reproductive ecology and conservation of India’s caecilians 
  • MSc in Botany, Department of Botany, University of Delhi
  • BSc in Botany, Miranda House College, University of Delhi

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  • Herpetology
  • Taxonomy
  • Systematics
  • Herpetological survey
  • IUCN Red List assessment

Kamei, R.G., Gower, D.J., Wilkinson, M. & Biju, S.D. (2013) Systematics of the caecilian family Chikilidae (Amphibia: Gymnophiona), with description of three new species of Chikila from northeast India. Zootaxa, 3666, 4: 401–435. Link

Kamei, R.G., San Mauro, D., Gower, D.J., Van Bocxlaer, I., Sherratt, E., Thomas, A., Babu. S., Bossuyt, F., Wilkinson, M. & Biju, S.D. (2012) Discovery of a new family of amphibians from northeast India with ancient links to Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B., 279, 2396–2401. Link

Mahony, S., Sengupta, S., Kamei, R.G. & Biju, S.D. (2011) A new low altitude species of Megophrys Kuhl and van Hasselt (Amphibia: Megophryidae), from Assam, northeast India. Zootaxa, 3059, 36–46. Link

Biju, S.D., Mahony, S. & Kamei, R.G. (2010) Description of two new species of torrent frog, Amolops Cope (Anura: Ranidae) from a degrading forest in the northeast Indian state of Nagaland. Zootaxa, 2408, 31–46. Link

Kamei, R.G., Wilkinson, M., Gower, D.J. & Biju, S.D. (2009) Three new species of striped Ichthyophis (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Ichthyophiidae) from the northeast Indian states of Manipur and Nagaland. Zootaxa, 2267, 26–42. Link

Biju, S.D., Kamei, R.G., Bhatta, G., Giri, V.B., Cox, N.A., Das, I. & Bossuyt, F. (2008) Diversity and Conservation Status of the Western Ghats Amphibians. In: Stuart, S.N., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A., Berridge, R., Ramani, P., & Young, B.E. (Eds.) Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Ediciones, with IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Conservation International, and NatureServe, Barcelona, pp. 80–82.

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