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  • 24 January, 2020

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New snake eel species discovered in Odisha

Syllabus subtopic: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment.

Prelims and Mains focus: About the new species of the eel; about ZSI and its functions

News: A new snake eel species residing in the Bay of Bengal has been discovered and documented this month ( January) by the Estuarine Biology Regional Centre (EBRC) of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) at Gopalpur­-on-­sea in Odisha.

About the new species

  • This new marine species has been named Ophichthus kailashchandrai to honour the vast contributions of Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director of ZSI, to Indian animal taxonomy.

  • Ophichthus kailashchandrai is the eighth species of the Ophichthus genus found on the Indian coast.

  • It is the fifth new species discovered by the Gopalpur ZSI in the last two years.

  • In 2019, two new species of marine eel, Gymnothorax andamanensesis and Gymnothorax smithi were been discovered by this ZSI centre.

About Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)

  • It is a subordinate organization of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.
  • It was established in 1916 as a premier Indian organisation in zoological research and studies to promote the survey, exploration and research of the fauna in the country.
  • The headquarters is at Kolkata.

The main activities of the ZSI are:

  • Study of the fauna of states
  • Fauna of conservation areas
  • Fauna of important ecosystems
  • Status survey of endangered species
  • Fauna of India and
  • Ecological Studies & Environmental impact assessments.

Source: The Hindu


26 Oct,2021

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