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ICAR-NBFGR discovers a new catfish from Arunachal Pradesh, India

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06 May 2024, New Delhi: Glyptothorax punyabratai, a new species, has been described from the Brahmaputra River drainage in Arunachal Pradesh, by ICAR- National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow. The species was collected from Tung Stream, a small tributary of the Tissa River, in the Brahmaputra River basin. The discovery was published in the renowned peer-reviewed journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters. The holotype and paratype specimens of the new species are registered at the National Fish Museum-cum-Repository of the ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow.

Dr. Uttam Kumar Sarkar, Director, ICAR-NBFGR, emphasized exploring the unreached areas, focusing on the prioritised northeastern regions to discover new fish species with the potential for utilisation and conservation.

The new species has been named after Dr. Punyabarata Das, the founder director of ICAR-NBFGR, in honour of his immense and valuable contributions to fisheries research.

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