July 31, 2021


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From Mizoram, limbless amphibian included to India’s fauna

Ichthyophis multicolor recorded in Mizoram 7 many years right after the species was 1st recorded more than 800 km absent in the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar

A ‘multicolour’ limbless amphibian recorded in Mizoram has been extra to India’s fauna.

A couple of specimens of Ichthyophis multicolor have been discovered in a roadside stream in northern Mizoram’s Kolasib district, much more than 800 km from where the species was initial recorded in the Ayeyarwady area of Myanmar in 2014.

Ichthyophis is recognised as the most extensively distributed genus of the caecilian amphibians. The genus is represented by 50 species, 13 of which happen in India.

The country’s northeast had till 2009 recorded 8 of the 13 species of this genus.

Ichthyophis multicolor is the ninth species of the area and an addition to India’s prosperity of fauna,” herpetologist Hmar Tlawmte Lalremsanga reported.

He is the direct creator of a examine on the new species of limbless amphibian released in Check List, a Brazil-centered journal of biodiversity facts.

His co-authors are Mathipi Vabeiryureilai, Lal Muansanga, Ht Decemson and Lal Biakzuala, all from Mizoram University’s Developmental Biology and Herpetology Laboratory and Jayaditya Purkayastha of Assist Earth, a Guwahati-based mostly NGO.

The species derives its scientific name from a yellowish lateral stripe separating its brownish upper part from a paler lower part.

The species derives its scientific identify from a yellowish lateral stripe separating its brownish upper component from a paler lower portion.  
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The species derives its scientific name from a yellowish lateral stripe separating its brownish upper section from a paler reduce component. The length of the specimens varied from 310-501 mm.

“The recording of Ichthyophis multicolor points to northeast India getting the dispersal route of several species from South Asia to Southeast Asia,” Mr. Lalremsanga explained to The Hindu.

Dispersal enables animals to stay clear of opposition and inbreeding aside from colonising new habitats.

“We are nonetheless to know caecilians or limbless amphibians in their entirety as they are fossorial (burrowing) and secretive. These amphibians are generally mistaken as snakes or eels or big earthworms and killed out of concern,” Mr. Purkayastha mentioned.

“Apart from awareness about their ecological utility, this team of amphibians wants extra endeavours for an understanding of their conservation standing,” he extra.