Publications of Vanasiri members (updated Nov 2019)

Google Scholar Citations Profile of Ullasa


Marty PR, Balasubramaniam K, Kaburu SSK, Hubbard J, Beisner B, Bliss-Moreau E, Ruppert N, Arlet ME, Sah SAM, Ismail A, Mohan L, Rattan SK, Kodandaramaiah U & McCowan B. Individuals in urban dwelling primate species face unequal benefits associated with living in an anthropogenic environment. Primates. Accepted 10 Nov 2019

Molleman F, Javoiš J, Davis R, Whitaker M........Kodandaramaiah U, ......& Carey J. Quantifying the effects of species traits on predation risk in nature: a comparative study of butterfly wing damage. Journal of Animal Ecology. Accepted (Sept 2019). DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13139

Balamurali GS, Edison A, Somanathan H & Kodandaramaiah U (2019) Spontaneous colour preferences and colour learning in the fruit-feeding butterfly, Mycalesis mineus. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.73: 39. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-019-2648-1

Dani KGS & Kodandaramaiah U (2019) Ageing in trees: Role of body size optimization in demographic senescence. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2018.10.002

Cyriac VP & Kodandaramaiah U (2019) Don't waste your time: Predators avoid prey with conspicuous colors that signal long handling time. Evolutionary Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10682-019-09998-9

Cyriac VP & Kodandaramaiah U (2019) Conspicuous colours reduce predation rates in fossorial uropeltid snakes. PeerJ. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7508

Dogra H & Dani KGS (2019) Defining features of age‐specific fertility and seed quality in senescing indeterminate annualsAmerican Journal of Botany. DOI: 10.1002/ajb2.1265

Kodandaramaiah U, Palathingal S, Kuru GB & Murali G (2019) What makes motion dazzle markings effective against predation? Behavioral Ecology.DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arz154/5574705

Halali D, Krishna A, Kodandaramaiah U & Molleman F. Lizards as predators of butterflies: shape of wing damage and effects of eyespots. Journal of Lepidopterist's Society 73: 78–86

Murali G, Kumari K & Kodandaramaiah U (2019) Dynamic colour change and the confusion effect against predation. Scientific Reports. 9:274. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36541-7


Aduse-Poku K, Molleman F, Odura W, Oppong SK, Lohman DJ & Etienne RS (2018) Relative contribution of neutral and deterministic processes in shaping fruit-feeding butterfly assemblages in Afrotropical forests Ecology and Evolution 8: 296-308. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3618

Bailey RI, Molleman F, Vasseur C & Prinzig A (2018) Large body size constrains dispersal assembly of communities even across short distances. Scientific Reports 10911. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-29042-0

Cyriac VP & Kodandaramaiah U (2018) Digging their own macroevolutionary grave: Fossoriality as an evolutionary dead-end in snakes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 587-598. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.132481

Cyriac VP, Johny A, Umesh PK & Palot MJ (2018) Description of two new species of Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Western Ghats of Kerala, India. Zootaxa 4459: 85-100. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4459.1.3

Kodandaramaiah U & Murali G (equal contribution) (2018) What affects power to estimate speciation rate shifts? PeerJ 6:e5495. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5495/

Kodandaramaiah U, Braby MF, Grund R, Müller CJ & Wahlberg N (2018) Phylogenetic relationships, biogeography and diversification of Coenonymphina butterflies (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae): inter-continental dispersal of a southern Gondwanan group? Systematic Entomology 43: 798-809. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12303

Molleman F (2018) Moving beyond phenology: new directions in the study of temporal dynamics of tropical insect communities. Current Science 114:1-5.

Murali G (2018) Now you see me, now you don't: Dynamic flash coloration as an anti-predator strategy in motion. Animal Behaviour142: 207-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.06.017

Murali G & Kodandaramaiah U (2018) Body size and evolution of motion dazzle coloration in lizards. Behavioral Ecology. 29(1): 79-86 pdf

Murali G , Merilaita S & Kodandaramaiah U (2018) Grab my tail: Evolution of dazzle stripes and colourful tails in lizards. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 31: 1675-1688. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13364

Sahoo RK, Lohman DJ, Wahlberg N, Müller CJ, Brattström O, Collins SC, Peggie D, Aduse-Poku K & Kodandaramaiah U (2018) Evolution of Hypolimnas butterflies (Nymphalidae): Out-of-Africa origin and Wolbachia-mediated introgression. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 123: 50-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.02.001

Sahoo RK and Kodandaramaiah (2018) Local host plant abundance explains negative association between larval performance and female oviposition preference in a butterfly (2018) Biological Journal of the Linnaen Society 125: 333-343. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly111/5090298.


Cyriac VP & Kodandaramaiah U (2017) Paleoclimate determines diversification patterns in the fossorial snake family Uropeltidae Cuvier, 1829. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 116: 97-107. pdf

Dani KGS & Kodandaramaiah U (2017) Plant and animal reproductive strategies: Lessons from offspring size and number tradeoffs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5:38. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00038

Dani KGS & Loreto F (2017) Trade-off between dimethyl sulfide and isoprene emissions from marine phytoplankton. Trends in Plant Science. 22: 361-372. 10.1016/j.tplants.2017.01.006

Dani KGS, Marino G, Taiti C, Mancuso S, Atwell BJ, Loreto F & Centritto M (2017) De novo post-illumination monoterpene burst in Quercus ilex. Planta DOI: 10.1007/s00425-016-2636-x

Dani KGS, Silva AM, Michelozzi M, Peluso G, Torzillo G & Loreto F (2017) Relationship between isoprene emission and photosynthesis in diatoms: Implications for global marine emission estimates. Marine Chemistry 189: 17-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.marchem.2016.12.005

Mayekar HV & Kodandaramaiah U (2017) Pupal Colour Plasticity in a Tropical Butterfly, Mycalesis mineus (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). PLoS ONE 12(2): e0171482. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171482

Sahoo RK, Warren AD, Collins SC, Kodandaramaiah U (2017) Hostplant change and paleoclimatic events explain diversification shifts in skipper butterflies (Family: Hesperiidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:174. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-1016-x

Sahoo RK (2017) Digest: Ancient co-dispersals and host shifts in passerine bird–feather mite symbiosis. Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13330

Tiatragula S, Murali G & Stroud JT (2017) Digest: Different evolutionary dynamics led to the convergence of clinging performance in lizard toepads. Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13338

van Bergen E, Osbaldeston D, Kodandaramaiah U, Brattström O, Aduse-poku K, Brakefield PM (2017) Conserved patterns of integrated developmental plasticity in a group of polyphenic tropical butterflies. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:59. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-0907-1


Aduse-poku K, Lees DC, Brattström O, Kodandaramaiah U, Wahlberg N & Brakefield PM (2016) Molecular phylogeny and generic-level taxonomy of the widespread palaeotropical 'Heteropsis clade' (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Mycalesina). Systematic Entomology 41: 717-731. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12183

Bacquet PMB, de Jong MA ......... 8 other middle authors including Molleman F, .................Nieberding (2016) Differentiation in putative male sex pheromone components across and within populations of the African butterfly Bicyclus anynana as a potential driver of reproductive isolation. Ecology and Evolution. 6: 6064-6084. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2298

Holm S, Davis RB, Javoiš J, Õunap E, Molleman F, Kaasik A. Tammaru T (2016) A comparative perspective on longevity: the effect of body size dominates over ecology in moths. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29: 2422-2435. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12966

Molleman F, Depoilly A, Vernon P, Müller J, Bailey R, Jarzabek-Müller A & Prinzing A (2016) The island rule of body size demonstrated on individual hosts: phytophagous click-beetle species grow larger and predators smaller on phylogenetically isolated trees. Journal of Biogeography 43: 1388-1399. DOI:10.1111/jbi.12725

Murali G & Kodandaramaiah U (2016) Deceived by stripes: Conspicuous patterning on vital anterior body parts can redirect predatory strikes to expendable posterior organs. Royal Society Open Science 3:160057. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160057

Sahoo RK (2016) Why Antagonistic Traits against Cytoplasmic Incompatibility Are So Elusive. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:392. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00392

Sahoo RK, Warren AD, Wahlberg N, Brower AVZ, Lukhtanov VA, Kodandaramaiah U (2016) Higher level relationships among skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae) resolved by ten genes. PeerJ 4:e2653. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2653

Simões BF, Sampaio FL, ...... 7 other middle authors including Kodandaramaiah U, ...... & Gower DJ (2016) Visual pigments, ocular filters and the evolution of snake vision. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33(10): 2483-2495. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msw148

van Bergen E, Barlow H, Brattström O, Griffiths H, Kodandaramaiah U, Osborne C & Brakefield PM (2016) The stable isotope ecology of mycalesine butterflies: implications for plant-insect co-evolution. Functional Ecology 30: 1936-1946. DOI:10.1111/1365-2435.12673

Zachariah A, Cyriac VP, Chandramohan B, Ansil BR, Mathew KM, Raju DV & Abraham RK (2016) Two new species of Raorchestes (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from the Silent Valley National Park in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats, India. Salamandra 52(2): 63-76. pdf

Abraham RK, Mathew JK, Cyriac VP, Zachariah A, Raju DV & Zachariah, A (2015) A novel third species of the Western Ghats endemic genus Ghatixalus (Anura: Rhacophoridae), with description of its tadpole. Zootaxa 4048(1): 101-113

Abraham RK, Zachariah A & Cyriac VP (2015) A reappraisal of the rhacophorid bush frog Raorchestes flaviventris (Boulenger, 1882), with an evaluation of the taxonomic status of R. emeraldi Vijayakumar, Dinesh, Prabhu and Shankar, 2014. Zootaxa 4048(1): 90-100

Aduse-Poku K, Brattström O, Kodandaramaiah U, Lees DC, Brakefield PM & Wahlberg N (2015) Systematics and historical biogeography of the Old World butterfly subtribe Mycalesina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 167. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0449-3

Mukherjee R & Kodandaramaiah U. (2015) What makes eyespots intimidating - The importance of pairedness. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 15: 34. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0307-3

1. Kodandaramaiah U, Lindenfors P & Tullberg B (2013) Deflective and intimidating eyespots: A comparative study of eyespot size and position in Junonia butterflies. Ecology and Evolution 3(13): 4518-4524.pdf

Kodandaramaiah U, Simonsen TJ, Bromilow S, Wahlberg N & Sperling F (2013) Deceptive single-locus taxonomy and phylogeography: Wolbachia mediated discordance between morphology, mitochondria and nuclear markers in a butterfly species. Ecology and Evolution 3(16): 5167-5176.pdf

Dinca V, Wiklund C, Lukhtanov VA, Kodandaramaiah U, Noren K, Dapporto L, Wahlberg N, Vila R & Friberg M (2013) Reproductive isolation and patterns of genetic differentiation in a cryptic butterfly species complex. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26(10): 2095-2106. pdf

Ullasa's pre-IISER-TVM papers


Kodandaramaiah U, Weingartner E, Janz N, Leski M, Slove J, Warren A, Nylin S (2012) Investigating concordance among genetic data, subspecies circumscriptions and hostplant use in the nymphalid butterfly Polygonia faunus. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41058. pdf

Kodandaramaiah U, Konvicka M, Tammaru T, Wahlberg N & Gotthard K (2012) Phylogeography of the woodland brown butterfly Lopinga achine (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae): implications for conservation. Journal of Insect Conservation 16: 305-313. pdf


Merilaita S, Vallin A, Kodandaramaiah U, Dimitrova M, Ruuskanen S & Laaksonen T (2011) Number of eyespots and their intimidating effect on naive predators in the peocock butterfly Behavioral Ecology 22: 1326-1331.pdf

Kodandaramaiah U (2011) Evolutionary significance of butterfly eyespots. Behavioral Ecology 22: 1264-1271. pdf

Vallin A, Dimitrova M, Kodandaramaiah U & Merilaita S (2011) Deflective effect and the effect of prey detectability on anti-predator function of eyespots. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 8: 1629-1636. pdf

Kodandaramaiah U, Weingartner E, Janz N, Dalen L & Nylin S (2011) Population structure in relation to host-plant ecology and Wolbachia infestation in the comma butterfly. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 2173-2185. pdf

Kodandaramaiah U (2011) Tectonic calibrations in molecular dating. Current Zoology 57: 116-124 pdf


Kodandaramaiah U (2009) Effects of Wolbachia on butterfly life history and ecology. In Advances in Medicine and Biology. Volume 16, Nova Publishers.pdf

Kodandaramaiah U, Lees DC, Müller CJ, Torres E, Karanth KP & Walhberg N (2010) Phylogenetics and biogeography of a spectacular Old World radiation of grass feeding butterflies: the subtribe Mycalesina (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrini). BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 172 pdf

Kodandaramaiah U (2010) Use of Dispersal-Vicariance analysis in biogeography - a critique. Journal of Biogeography 37: 3-11. pdf

Kodandaramaiah U, Peña C, Braby M, Grund R, Müller CJ, Nylin S & Wahlberg N (2010) Phylogenetics of Coenonymphina (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) and the problem of rootig rapid radiations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 386-394 pdf


1) Wahlberg N, Leneveu J, Kodandaramaiah U, Peña C, Nylin S, Freitas AVL & Brower AVZ (2009) Nymphalid butterflies diversify following near demise at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276: 4295-4302 pdf. Online supplementary material pdf

2. Kodandaramaiah U (2009) Butterfly eyespot evolution - phylogenetic insights from Junonia and related butterfly genera (Nymphalidae: Junoniini). Evolution & Development 11: 489-497 pdf

3. Kodandaramaiah U & Wahlberg N (2009) Phylogeny and biogeography of Coenonympha butterflies (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) - patterns of colonization in the Holarctic. Systematic Entomology 34: 315-323 pdf

4. Kodandaramaiah U. (2009) Vagility - the neglected component in historical biogeography. Evolutionary Biology 36: 327-335 pdf

5. Kodandaramaiah U, Vallin A and Wiklund C (2009) Fixed eyespot display in a butterfly thwarts attacking birds. Animal Behaviour 77: 1415-1419 pdf


1. Kodandaramaiah U & Wahlberg N (2007) Out-of-Africa origin and dispersal mediated diversification of the butterfly genus Junonia (Nymphalidae: Nymphalinae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 2181-2191 pdf


1. Peña C, Wahlberg N, Weingartner E, Kodandaramaiah U, Nylin S, Freitas AVL & Brower AVZ (2006) Higher level phylogeny of Satyrinae butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) based on DNA sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 29-49 pdf

2. Devagiri GM, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Deepak MS, Hegde R, Murthy MM, Devakumar AS & Kumar N (2006) Effect of forest fire on natural regeneration of plant species in Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Karnataka. Annals of Forestry 14: 177-183