Mahanadi River: Researchers discover new freshwater fish species in Odisha’s Mahanadi river

BERHAMPUR: A bunch of scientists has found that an edible freshwater fish, accessible within the markets of western Odisha, is definitely an unregistered species. The new species was named ‘Awaous Motla’, stated Prof Jaya Kishor Seth, the principal investigator of a venture undertaken by the zoology division of Berhampur College and Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Gopalpur.
The invention was made in the course of the ongoing analysis venture funded by the division of science and expertise of the Odisha authorities.
Specimens of the fish with a vibrant yellow-coloured physique and a fleshy higher lip had been collected from the Mahanadi river close to Sonepur and Boudh bridge in June 2022, stated Seth, who teaches zoology at Berhampur College.
“We performed an intensive research of the specimens in collaboration with Anil Mohapatra of ZSI’s Estuarine Biology Regional Centre and a scientist from Australia. We now have ascertained that the species was a brand new one and really distinct from others of the genus in numerous features,” Seth stated.
Fishermen of the Sonepur area have christened the fish ‘motla’. The species belongs to the household ‘Awaous’ (Oxudercidae), and thus, is called ‘Awaous motla’, he stated.
The zoologist stated the fish is consumed each contemporary and dried. Native fishermen promote ‘motla’ at Rs 600 per kg, and Rs 800 per kg when dried.
Lengthy-term analysis is required to seek out out, amongst others, its migration sample and dietary worth due to which it prices greater than a number of different regionally accessible fishes, Seth stated.
The small print on the brand new species had been printed within the on-line difficulty of Journal of Fish Biology on October 28.

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