Publications of Vanasiri members (updated Jan 2024)


Google Scholar Citations Profile of Ullasa
Accepted/Advance Online Publications

Murali G, Kodandaramaiah U & Merilaita S. Habitat heterogeneity limits prey color polymorphism maintained via negative frequency-dependent selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Accepted Jan 2024.

Prasannakumar I & Kodandaramaiah U. Adaptive phenotypic plasticity of mandibles with respect to host plants. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. Accepted Oct 2023. DOI:10.1007/s11829-023-10013-w

Mayekar HV & Kodandaramaiah U. Pupal colour-pupation substrate correlation in butterflies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. Accepted Apr 2023. DOI:10.1111/eea.13399


Joshi S & Kodandaramaiah U. The ecology of hybrid zone formation and maintenance in Impatiens. International Journal of Plant Sciences 184:9. DOI:10.1086/726626

Sadiq A & Kodandaramaiah U. Hiding among colors: Background color diversity impedes detection time. Behavioral Ecology 34:831-839. DOI:10.1093/beheco/arad048

Sampaio FL, Day JJ, Mendis W, Cyriac VP, ...8 other authors.... Kodandaramaiah Oct 2022U & Gower DJ (Accepted Oct 2022) A near-complete species-level phylogeny of uropeltid snakes harnessing historical museum collections as a DNA source. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 178: 107651. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2022.107651


Mayekar HV & Kodandaramaiah U (2022) Effect of density on pupal plasticity in a butterfly. Journal of Zoology 316:250-262. DOI:10.1111/jzo.12950


Amarasinghe P, Joshi S, Page N, Wijedasa LS, Stone RD, Kathriarachchi H, Merello M, Judd W, Kodandaramaiah U & Cellinese N (2021) Evolution and biogeography of Memecylon. American Journal of Botany 208:628-646. DOI:10.1002/ajb2.1624

Arlet ME, Balasubramaniam KN, Saha R, Beisner B, Marty PR, Kaburu SSK, Bliss-MoreauE, Kodandaramaiah U & McCowan B (2021) Infant survival among free-living bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata) in South India. International Journal of Primatology. 42:220-236. DOI: s10764-021-00198-3w

Balamurali GS, Reshnu Raj RS, Johnson J, Kodandaramaiah U, Somanathan H (2021) Visual associative learning and olfactory preferences of the Greater Banded Hornet, Vespa tropica. Insectes Sociaux. 68:217-226. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-021-00820-w

Balasubramaniam KN, Kaburu SSK, Marty PR, Beisner B, Bliss-Moreau E, Arlet ME, Ruppert N, Ismail A, Sah AMS, Mohan L, Rattan S, Kodandaramaiah U & McCowan B. Implementing social network analysis to understand the socio-ecology of wildlife co-occurrence and joint interactions with humans in anthropogenic environments. Journal of Animal Ecology 90: 2819-2833. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13584

Chazot N, Condamine F, Dudas G, Peña C, Kodandaramaiah U, Matos-Maraví P, Aduse-Poku K, Elias M, Warren A, Lohman D, Penz C, DeVries P, Fric ZF, Nylin S, Müller, Kawahara A, Silva-Brandao K, Lamas G, Kleckova I, Zubek A, Ortiz-Acevedo E, Vila R, Vane-Wright RI, Mullen S, Jiggins CD, Wheat CW, Freitas A & Wahlberg N (2021) Conserved ancestral tropical niche but different continental histories explain the latitudinal diversity gradient in brush-footed butterflies. Nature Communications 12, 5717. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-25906-8

Cyriac VP & Kodandaramaiah U (2021) Warning signals promote morphological diversification in fossorial uropeltid snakes (Squamata: Uropeltidae) Zoological Journal of the Linnaen Society 191:468-481. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa062

Dani KGS, Mathew J, Nila-Mohan TM, Antony R, Suresh S & Kodandaramaiah U (2021) Pores vs Spores: Competition between photosynthesis and reproduction is constrained by leaf mass per unit area (LMA) in ferns. Biological Journal of the Linnaen Society. 132: 346-358. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blaa189

Halali S, Halali D, Barlow HS, Molleman F, Kodandaramaiah U, Brakefield PM & Brattström O (2021) Predictability of temporal variation in climate and the evolution of seasonal polyphenism in tropical butterfly communities. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 34:1362-1375. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13895

Mayekar HV & Kodandaramaiah U (2021) Partially coupled reaction norms of pupal colour and spot size in a butterfly. Evolutionary Ecology 35: 201-216. DOI:10.1007/s10682-020-10090-w

Murali G, Mallick S & Kodandaramaiah U. Background complexity and optimal background matching camouflage. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 75, 69. DOI:10.1007/s00265-021-03008-1

Rahim SA, Kodandaramaiah U* & Barua D (2021) Striking between-population floral divergences in a habitat specialized plant. PLoS One 16(6): e0253038.DOI: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone. *corresponding author, equal first authors

Yumnam T, Banerjee B & Kodandaramaiah U. Pupal colour plasticity in the butterfly Catopsilia pomona (Lepidoptera: Pieridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 134:331-341. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blab087


Balamurali GS, Rose S, Somanathan H & Kodandaramaiah U (2020) Complex multi-modal sensory integration and context specificity in colour preferences of a pierid butterfly. Journal of Experimental Biology 223: jeb223271. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.223271

Balasubramaniam KN, Marty PR, ...14 other authors.... Kodandaramaiah U & Brenda McCowan (2020) Impact of Individual Demographic and Social Factors on Human-Wildlife Interactions: A Comparative Study of Three Macaque Species. Scientific Reports 10: 21991. DOI: s41598-020-78881-3

Balasubramaniam KN, Marty PR, Arlet ME, Beisner BA, Kaburu SSK, Bliss-Moreau E, Kodandaramaiah U & McCowan B (2020) Impact of anthropogenic factors on affiliative behaviors among bonnet macaques. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 171: 704-717. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.24013

Kodandaramaiah U, Palathingal S, Kurup GB & Murali G (2020) What makes motion dazzle markings effective against predation? Behavioral Ecology 31: 43-53. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arz154/5574705

Marty PR, Balasubramaniam KN, 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. 61:249-255. DOI: 10.1007/s10329-019-00775-4

Molleman F, Halali S & Kodandaramaiah U (2020) Brief mating behavior at dawn and dusk and long nocturnal matings in the butterfly Melanitis leda. Journal of Insect Behavior 33:138-147.DOI: 10.1007/s10905-020-09753-x

Molleman F, Halali S & Kodandaramaiah U (2020) Oviposition preference predicts larval survival in the grass-feeding butterfly Melanitis leda (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). European Journal of Entomology 117: 1-17. DOI: 10.14411/eje.2020.001

Molleman F, Javoiš J, Davis R, Whitaker M........Kodandaramaiah U, ......& Carey J (2020) Quantifying the effects of species traits on predation risk in nature: a comparative study of butterfly wing damage. Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 716-729. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13139

Murali G & Kodandaramaiah U (2020) Size and unpredictable movement together affect the effectiveness of dynamic flash coloration. Animal Behaviour 162: 87-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.02.002


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 36: 41-51. 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 33: 625-636. DOI: 10.1007/s10682-019-09998-9

Cyriac VP & Kodandaramaiah U (2019) Conspicuous colours reduce predation rates in fossorial uropeltid snakes. PeerJ 7: e7508 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7508

Dogra H & Dani KGS (2019) Defining features of age‐specific fertility and seed quality in senescing indeterminate annuals. American Journal of Botany 106: 604-610 DOI: 10.1002/ajb2.1265

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 DOI: 10.18473/lepi.73i2.a2

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 Behaviour 142: 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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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