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Melanochlamys droupadi UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • The Zoological Survey of India has named a new marine species of head-shield sea slug with ruby red spot which was discovered from West Bengal and Odisha coast after President of India Droupadi Murmu.

  • This species belonging to Melanochlamys genus was discovered from Digha of West Bengal coast and Udaipur of Odisha coast

  • The new species of head-shield sea slug, which is found nowhere else in the world, has been named Melanochlamys droupadi.

What is Melanochlamys droupadi

  • Melanochlamys droupadi is a newly discovered species of head-shield sea slug. 

  • It was found in the north-western Bay of Bengal, along the coasts of Digha in West Bengal and Udaipur in Odisha, India.

  • This unique sea slug is named after Droupadi Murmu, the first tribal president of India

It is distinguished by its:

  • Brownish-black color with a distinctive ruby red spot on the left posterior side, which sets it apart from its close relatives in the region.

  • Longer posterior shield, accounting for about 61% of its body length, compared to other species of Melanochlamys.

  • Hermaphroditic nature, meaning it has both male and female reproductive organs.

  • Small size, typically reaching only up to 7 millimeters in length.

  • Preference for wet and soft sandy habitats in the low inter-tidal zones.


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