ITANAGAR, Aug 17 - The Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology research team of the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills, Doimukh, recently discovered five more species of catfish as a new addition to the world fish database from the Himalayan State of Arunachal Pradesh for the first time. The new discoveries and descriptions of the fish species have since been published in different journals of international repute.
The newly-found fish species include the Mystus prabini sp. nov., which was discovered in the Sinkin and Dibang rivers of Lower Dibang Valley district and Exostoma kottelati sp. nov. found in the Ranga river of Lower Subansiri district. Creteuchiloglanis tawangensis was discovered in the Tawangchu river of Tawang district.
The Garra ranganensis sp. nov. has been discovered in the Ranga river and Physoschistura harkishorei sp. nov. in the Dibang and Lohit rivers of Lower Dibang Valley district.
While hailing the achievement, the RGU research team leader, Prof DN Das, stated that due to dense rainforests, steep terrain and communication problems, majority of the remote water bodies of the State are still not easily accessible to researchers.
He, however, added that his research team is optimistic that meticulous exploration works may lead to discoveries of new ichthyo species from this part of India in future.