Most number of new species in India spotted in Kerala

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Dark blue tiger butterflies (File photo for representation)

Kozhikode: Kerala discovered the most number of species in India this year. According to the annual report by the Zoological Survey of India, 86 new species were found in the state. In 2021, 406 new species were discovered in India.

The new varieties in Kerala include three snakes, five lizards, seven frogs and various dragonflies, butterflies, wasps and insects.

A mildly poisonous snake called Poochakannan was found at Pullampara in Ernakulam. Boiga Vitakari Ganesh is the scientific name. Two snakes from the pit viper species were found in the Peppara Wildlife sanctuary in Agasthyamalai, Thiruvananthapuram. Craspedocephalus Peltopelor Mallik and Craspedocephalus Travancoricus Mallik are their respective scientific names.

Three types of lizards, Cnemaspis Flavigularis, Nmapsis Nimbus and Cnemaspis Smaug, were found in Mathikettan Shola national park in Idukki. The lizard (Black-Bellied De Greko) found in the Achankovil reserve forest is scientifically called Nimapsis Nigriventris. The species in Upper Manalar in Periyar Meghamala tiger reserve is called Nimapsis Rubroculus Pal.

The frog in the Mathikettan Shola Thattekad bird sanctuary was named Euphlyctis Kerala Dinesh. The tree frog found in Siruvani, Palakkad, is called Raorchestes Drutahu. The lizard found in Nedumbassery, Kochi, is called Minervarya Pentali. Raorchestes keirasabinae was found in both Ponmudi and Chattanattu in Thiruvananthapuram. The species from Kakkayam in Kozhikode is called Raorchestes Kakayamensis. One with a white pupil was found from Siruvani in Palakkad and given the name Raorchestes Vellikannan. Raorchestes Sanjappai was the frog species found from Periya in Wayanad.

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