Garra Laishrami

  • In a significant discovery, researchers from the Central University of Odisha (CUO) and the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have recently found a rare freshwater fish in the Koraput district.

About Garra Laishrami

  • It is a new cyprinid fish species of the Garra genus found in the Kolab River.
  • These are characterised by the presence of a gular disc developed from tissues of the gular region that exhibit variation in the size, shape, and arrangement of the snout tubercles.
  • It is usually found under rocks, stones and boulders of torrential streams and rivers.
  • Geographical distribution: Borneo, southern China and southern Asia through Middle East Asia, Arabian Peninsula and East Africa to West Africa.

About Kolab River(or Sabari river)

  • It is one of the main tributaries of Godavari.
  • It originates from the western slopes of Eastern Ghats in Odisha state from the Sinkaram hill ranges.
  • It forms the common boundary between Chhattisgarh and Odisha states and later enters Andhra Pradesh to merge with River Godavari.
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