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New Specieses UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • A total of 641 species — 442 entirely new to science and 199 newly recorded in the country — were added to Indian fauna in 2023

  • India added 339 taxa — 326 species and 13 infraspecific taxa — to its plant database

  • Of these, 171 taxa are new to science and 168 new to distributional records from India. 

  • Taxa can refer to sub-species or varieties of a plant species.

  • Most of the new animal discoveries were reported from southern India.

  • Kerala topped the list, with 101 additions — 74 completely new species, 27 new records — followed by West Bengal with 72 new species, and Tamil Nadu with 64.

  • West Bengal recorded the highest number of new plant discoveries, with 52 new taxa, followed by Kerala and Uttarakhand.

New members

  • Curcuma kakchingense, a new species of turmeric discovered at Kakching in Manipur

  • Asystasia venui, a flowering plant discovered in the Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden at Howrah in West Bengal.

  • Capra himalayensis, the Himalayan Ibex, distributed in the trans-Himalayan ranges of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh

  • Miniopterus srinii, a new species of bent-winged bat, was found in Kodagu district of Karnataka



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: New Specieses UPSC NOTE
New Specieses UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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