New Species of Plants and Animals Discovered

New Marine Species: Parhyale Odian from Chilika Lake


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Prelims level: Parhyale odian

Mains level: NA


  • Researchers at Berhampur University in Odisha have made a remarkable discovery, unveiling a new species of marine amphipod from Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon on India’s east coast.

About Parhyale Odian

  • Parhyale odian is a newly discovered species of marine amphipod.
  • It belongs to the genus Parhyale and was found in Chilika Lake, Odisha, India.
  • The species was named after the native language of Odisha, Odia.
  • Its discovery raises the global species count within the genus Parhyale to 16.
  • It is approximately eight millimeters in length and brown in color.
  • Parhyale odian possesses 13 pairs of legs.
  • Its distinguishing feature is a stout robust seta on the surface of the propodus of the male gnathopod.

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