New Species Of Eel Found In Mumbai
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♦ The Freshwater Blind Eel species was discovered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
♦ This is the primary such discovered species from Maharashtra and Northern western Ghats.
♦ The species was found by four scientists namely, Anil Mohapatra, Tejas Thackeray, Praveenraj Jayasimhan, and Annam Pavan Kumar.
♦ Scientists had collected the hypogean species a couple of years ago. They continued performing on it till now.
The Blind Eel
♦ Species are named ‘Rakthamichtys mumba’ to pay tribute to the town it had been found in.
♦ Newly discovered freshwater bright-pink-colored species is totally blind and subterranean seafood.
♦ The blind eel has a genetic distance of 21.6 – 22.8% to other known species of Rakthamicthys genus.
♦ This is the 5th species from Rakthamicthys genus to be found in India.
♦ This discovery is that the most remarkable one so far. Scientists had collected the hypogean species a couple of years ago. They continued working on the discovery, in the ongoing covid-19 pandemic situation.
♦ It is a genus of swamp eels and is endemic to India. Three species are known from the Western Ghats while one is understood from Northeast India. These species live underground.