Arunachal Pradesh: New fish species discovered


GUWAHATI: A new species of fish has been discovered in Siku and Sirum rivers in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The discovery was made by Dr. Keshav Kumar Jha, HOD, Department of Zoology of Jawaharlal Nehru College.

It is to be mentioned that the new species of fish has been named ‘Schizothorax sikusirumensis’.

There are currently 65 recognised species of genus Schizothoraxunder family. There is no record of this new fish species ever found before by any researcher in any part of the world.

The identification has been made with the help of meristic and morphometric characteristics and identified up to genus following Jhingran and Sehgal (1978), Tilak (1987), Jayaram (1999), Nath (2000) and Vishwanath et al.(2007) and further confirmed and named as Schizothoraxsikusirumensis.

The registration No. of the fish species is JNC/ZOO-FM/SR/27.1 of Fish Germplasm Explorations Research Laboratory, department of Zoology, JN College, Pasighat, East Siang. The research paper is already published in “Journal of Global Biosciences” as informed by Dr. Jha.