IME is delighted to announce the publication of a paper describing a new species introduced by IME faculty member Mr Mendis Wickramsinghe, the president and the Founder of the Herpetological Foundation of Sri Lanka.

We are of course delighted Mendis is continuing his exceptional scientific work making massive contributions to the field of science. Mr Wickramasinghe has already introduced more than 20 new species and there are many more papers pending publication, so this is nothing new for Mr Wickramasinghe.

However, this publication and the new species is extra special for the field of photography and especially for IME, as he has named the new species after one of our own faculty members and the most decorated master photographer among us Mr Henry Rajakaruna.

The newly described species, Cnemaspis rajakarunai is a rock dwelling species of geckos found in the Salgala, an unprotected lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka. For abstract/full paper please visit the at



Mr Henry Rajakaruna has done way more than most others to the field of Fine Art Photography in Sri Lanka and his inimitable time freezing slow shutter style has given us a new genre of photography that has never been seen anywhere else in the world. After years and years of contributions, he still keeps on giving to the field with his ever effervescent young at heart attitude.

We at IME are so proud and privileged to have these two gentlemen in our mix.


Sample Gallery of Henry Rajakaruna’s Work

(Please click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images)  Click here to visit Herny Rajakaruna’s official website.


Mr Mendis Wickramasinghe acknowledges Nagao Natural Environmental foundation for part funding the research and Dilmah Conservation for being the principal sponsor.

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