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Mysterious snakehead fish from Kerala found

MANGALURU: A group of Indian and British scientists have found a mysterious new species of ‘snakehead fish’ lurking in the subterranean waters of Kerala. The unusual finding was reported in a scientific paper published in international animal taxonomy journal Zootaxa on Thursday.

The bizarre fish has been named Aenigmachanna Gollum (Gollum Snakehead) after ‘Gollum’, a character from the ‘The Lord of the Rings’, a creature that went underground and during its subterranean life change

its morphological features. The new fish is not only a new species, but also a remarkable new genus of the snakehead family channidae (which is currently represented by two other genera, Channa in Asia, and Parachanna in Africa).

Snakehead fishes of the family Channidae are predatory freshwater fishes comprising 50 valid species, many of which are important food fishes. Some are also popular in the aquarium fish trade, and others have been introduced around the world with several species.

but also a remarkable new genus of the snakehead family channidae (which is currently represented by two other genera, Channa in Asia, and Parachanna in Africa).

Snakehead fishes of the family Channidae are predatory freshwater fishes comprising 50 valid species, many of which are important food fishes. Some are also popular in the aquarium fish trade, and others have been introduced around the world with several species

becoming highly invasive (especially in North America). Although readily recognized as a member of the family Channidae, the new species, shows several morphological features that are highly unusual or even unique in comparison to its closest relatives. Aenigmachanna Gollum also represents the first species of snakehead to be recorded from subterranean waters.

Source : economicstimes.indiatimes.com

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