Researchers discovered new species of snail-eating snake in Arunachal Pradesh

Researchers discovered new species of snail-eating snake in Arunachal Pradesh

MANGALURU / BENGALURU: A team of researchers has discovered a new species of Paras Kaduri, a snake-eating snake of the genus Paras from the eastern Himalayas.
The members of the snake are Submili Perenniae, strictly nocturnal, arboreal, and are one of the most attractive groups of snakes that feed on unusual prey. They specialize in feeding snails and present a notable case of dietary expertise where they place asymmetry in their teeth on the snails to eat prey such as snails and slugs.
The research team includes Bombay Natural History Society, Harsha Bhosle and Mandar Sawant from Mumbai, Pushkar Phansalkar from Pune, Gaurang Gounde from Pune, Gaurang Gounde from Pune, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Harshil Patel from Surat and Zeeshan A. Mirza from National Center . Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
Zeeshan told TOI, during a heretical campaign from 25 June to 5 August 2019, we surveyed several areas in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. During the surveys, we collected pares specimens that looked similar to each other which were later identified as belonging to two sympatric species based on the structure of Hemipenis. One population was attributed to the lack of keels on parietal Monticola on the ventral scale and the size of the dorsal scale and hemipenis. Others, however, cannot be attributed to any of the species reported from India due to differences in scaling and hemipenis morphology.
“To identify the second population collected from near Kamalang Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, we generated molecular data for the collected specimens and compared them with known species. Molecular analysis results suggest that the specimens show other species A comparison of the morphology of the genus Thylus and the known species indicates further findings. Therefore, we described the Paras population from eastern Arunachal Pradesh as a new species, with morphological, osteological and molecular data. Incorporating a unified taxonomic approach. “Said Zeeshan. Paras kaduri is named after Bangalore’s National Geographic Photographer Sandesh Kadur. A research paper on the new species was published in the European Journal of Taxonomy.
Emphasizing the need for conservation, he said, “This is the third discovery of the species from the area. Unfortunately, the area is close to the Dibang Valley, where the government has proposed a hydroelectric project, which will cause destruction. Natural Habitat.

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