ICAR discovers new fish species in Cuddalore


Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientists have discovered a moray eel fish of the genus Gymnothorax off the Cuddalore coast.

Scientists have named it after the "Tamil Nadu brown moray eel" of Tamil Nadu whose common name is "Gymnothorax tamilnaduensis".

Researchers from ICAR - National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR) conducted an exploration along the coastal waters at Parangipettai and Mudasalodai fish landing centers in Cuddalore district.

The team found a new species of fish after extensive morphological analysis, skeletal radiography and testing by advanced molecular markers.

The scientists concluded that the species found was a moray eel, a typical species of the genus Gymnothorax.

With this, new found fish species of Gymnothorax the number has increased to 29, hitherto Indian waters had 28 species of Gymnothorax.

This new species is found in the Bay of Bengal, south-east coast of India.

The holotype of this new species is registered at the National Fish Museum and Repository, ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow.

The name of the fish species is registered in the Zoobank, the online registration system for the international commission on Zoolgical Nomenclature (ICZN).

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