A new species of fish has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh recently.
This new species of fish has named as Schizothorax sikusirumensis, after the rivers – Siku and Sirum in East Siang district at the junction, from where it was found.
The new fish species was discovered by Dr Keshav Kumar Jha.
Jha also serves as an associate professor and current head of the Department of Zoology at Jawaharlal Nehru College in Pasighat.
Notably, last year the fisheries and aquatic ecology research team led by Prof D N Das from Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) discovered five species of fish from the State.
These species include the Mystus prabini (discovered in Sinkin and the Dibang rivers in Lower Dibang Valley district); the Exostoma kottelati (discovered in the Ranga river in Lower Subansiri district); the Creteuchiloglanis tawangensis (discovered in the Tawangchu river in Tawang district); the Garra ranganensis (discovered in the Ranga river); and the Physoschistura harkishorei (discovered in the Dibang and the Lohit rivers in Lower Dibang Valley district).