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Dr. Santhosh Shreevihar (M.Phil, Ph.D)

Assistant Professor




Santhosh studied Systematic Entomology from the Prof. T.C. Narendran FASc, Department of Zoology, University of Calicut. He worked on taxonomy of parasitic wasps of Chalcidoidea and Chrysidoidea. He visited American Museum of Natural History, Portal during his studies. After doctoral studies, he worked in the TCNTAT, Calicut and Keystone Foundation, Kothagiri, TN as consultant entomologist. He joined MCC-Calicut as an Assistant Professor in July 2012.
He is currently the associate editor of Biosystematica and member of the editorial board of Halters. Reviewer of Zootaxa, Oriental Insects. A member trustee of Prof. TC Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy, Calicut. (www.tcntrust.org).


Research Interest
Insect morphology, diversity, taxonomy, ecology and evolution. Priority is for the taxa with greater role in ecosystem services. His focal groups are parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera) especially Chalcidoidea & Chrysidoidea and insect pollinators, with special emphasis on revisionary systematics, insect-plant interactions, host -parasitoid relationships and biological control.


Important Publications

  1. Santhosh & K. Karthikeyan. 2017. A new species of Tetrastichus Haliday (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) parasitizing the rice case worm, Parapoynx stagnalis (Zeller) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) from India. Oriental Insects, 51(2): 160-165 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00305316.2016.1265601) Impact Factor: 0.400
  2. Santhosh & A. P. Ranjith. 2016. Extending Afrotropical endemism: Discovery of Prosapanesia Kieffer (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae) from the Oriental region with the description of two new species, Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, 19: 761-767. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aspen.2016.07.006) Impact Factor 1.080.
  3. Santhosh & A. P. Ranjith. 2015. Descriptions of two new Species of Goniozus Förster, 1856 (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae) associated with insect induced plant galls from India. Zootaxa, 4039 (1): 192–200. (http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4039.1.10) Impact Factor:1.060.
  4. Santhosh, S. & Narendran, T.C., 2009. A new species of Goniozus Förster (Hymenoptera: Chrysidoidea: Bethylidae) parasitizing Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) from India, Journal of the Entomological Research Society, Turkey, Vol. 11. No. 1, 37-45. Impact Factor: 0.200
  5. Narendran, T. C., Santhosh, S. and Sudheer, K. 2007. Biosystematics and Biogeography of Oriental Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera) associated with plant galls. Prof. M.S. Mani Com. Vol. Oriental Insects, 41: 141–167. Impact Factor 0.400

Important Books/Book Chapters

  1. Insect Diversity & Taxonomy. 2017. (Eds.) Santhosh S., Nasser M., Sudheer, K. Prof. T C Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy, Calicut. ISBN: 978-81-932880-3-0
  2. Santhosh. 2017. A taxonomic revision of Sierola Cameron (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae) from Oriental region. In. Insect Diversity & Taxonomy (Eds.) Santhosh S., Nasser M., Sudheer, K. 317pp. ISBN: 978-81-932880-3-0 Published by Prof. T C Narendran Trust for Animal Taxonomy, Calicut. 307–317.
  3. Identification of Bees Wasps Bugs and Beetles of Southern Western Ghats. 2016. (Ed.) Santhosh Shreevihar, Publisher: Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode, Kerala, IN. 87pp. ISBN: 978-81-932880-0-9
  4. Perspectives on Biosystematics and Biodiversity: Prof. T. C. Narendran Commemoration Volume. 2004. Eds. Rajmohana, K., Sudheer, K., Girishkumar, P., & Santhosh S.; Publisher: Systematic Entomology Research Scholars Association, University of Calicut, Kozhikode, India. 666 pp.
  5. C. Narendran and Santhosh, S. 2014. Parasitic Hymenoptera and Pest Managements, p. 15-26. In: Mujeeb Rahman and Mary Anto (Eds.), Forest Entomology: Emerging Issues and Dimensions, pp. 201, Narendra Publishing House, Delhi. ISBN 13: 9789382471332


  1. Title: Biosystematic Studies on the Eulophid (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) Parasitoids of Southern Western Ghats. Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India Extra Mural Research Grant- Life Sciences (NO. EMR/2017005528) Total outlay: Rs. 54,94,760/-; Duration 2018-2021.
  2. Title: Taxonomy and Ecology of Bethylid Wasps (Chrysidoidea: Bethylidae) from India Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India Start-Up Research Grant (Young Scientists)- Life Sciences (NO. SB/YS/LS-42/2014) Total outlay: Rs. 25,00,000/-; Duration 2014-2017.

Consultancy Services

The Insect Identification Consultancy Service offered is open to Students/ Researchers/ Research Institutes/NGOs working on Biodiversity/Conservation & Management/Ecology/Agriculture.