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Sanjay Sondhi
Moths of India
Citizen science and biodiversity informatics for research, outreach and conservation of Indian Moths

India—a megabiodiverse country—is host to a spectacular number of moths, many of them endemic. Moths of India is a peer-reviewed biodiversity platform that is designed to disseminate comprehensive information on the biology of moths, encourage their observation to study natural history, gather population and distributional data in a centralized database, and spread awareness about moth conservation. It is developed by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies (“IFoundButterflies”), a group of biologists and naturalists. It is a model of citizen science, where ordinary citizens participate in gathering scientific data on a free, yet authentic, online platform.

Year of Initiation:
Project Coordinator:
Sanjay Sondhi
E-mail Address:
Role in the project:
Chief Editor
Institutional Affiliation:
Indian Foundation for Butterflies, Bengaluru and Titli Trust
No. of participants:
100 - 500
Geographical spread of project:
Run through an umbrella platform:
Biodiversity Atlas - India
Purpose of the project:

Purpose of the project (goals and objectives) (1-2 lines): To provide a species-based bioinformatics platform that is designed for aggregating, displaying and analysing peer-reviewed data on Indian moths, and to build a strong community around research and conservation of Indian moths through citizen science and outreach.

Coordinating institution/organisation:
Indian Foundation for Butterflies, and Titli Trust
Location of the coordinating institution/organisation(s):
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India and Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Data availability:
Available upon request, without a fee
Participation in language other than English:
Appropriate age groups of participants:
All age groups
Citizen participation through:
Why should people participate:

This is an advanced biodiversity informatics platform, home-grown and custom-made to serve native citizen scientists, and hosted in a national research institution. The focus is on collecting data on numerous aspects of moth biology and therefore it is helpful in serving long-term goals of research and conservation.

Prior knowledge or expertise required:

No prior preparation or expertise is required, although prior experience will help contributors and users get more out of this platform. Thus, beginning as well as advanced naturalists, nature lovers, students and practicing scientists can participate in this project.