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Glyptothorax punyabratai: A New Catfish Species discovered  


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Glyptothorax punyabratai and its natural habitat

Mains level: NA

Why in the news?

Glyptothorax punyabratai, a new catfish species, has been discovered in the Brahmaputra River drainage in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • The discovery was made by the ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (ICAR-NBFGR), Lucknow, and published in the journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters.

Glyptothorax punyabratai

  • It was collected from the Tung Stream, a tributary of the Tissa River, within the Brahmaputra River basin.
  • It has a unique rhomboidal-shaped thoracic adhesive apparatus, which is a specialized structure that helps the fish adhere to surfaces.
  • The holotype and paratype specimens are housed at the National Fish Museum-cum-Repository of the ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow.
    • This discovery underscores the potential for both utilization and conservation of fish biodiversity in unexplored areas.


[2019]  Consider the following pairs

Wildlife Naturally found in
1. Blue-finned Mahseer Cauvery River
2. Irrawaddy Dolphin Chambal River
3. Rusty-spotted Cat Eastern Ghats

Which of the pairs given correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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