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A group of lepidopterists discovered a new species of butterfly. It is called “Nacaduba Sinhala Ramaswamii Sadasivan”.
Note: A lepidopterist is a person who specializes in studying butterflies and moths.
About the Nacaduba Sinhala Butterfly Species:
- Nacaduba Sinhala is a Line Blue Butterfly Species that belongs to the Nacaduba genus group.
- Line Blues are small butterflies belonging to the subfamily Lycaenidae. Their distribution ranges from India and Sri Lanka to the whole of southeastern Asia, Australia and Samoa.
- Where was it discovered? This butterfly species was discovered in the Agasthyamalai in the Western Ghats a decade ago. But now it found a place in the Journal of Threatened Taxa.
- Significance: It is the first time that a butterfly species was discovered by an all-Indian research team from the Western Ghats.
About Journal of Threatened Taxa(JoTT):
- Journal of Threatened Taxa(JoTT) is an open-access peer-reviewed, monthly international journal on conservation and taxonomy.
- Published by: The journal is published by the wildlife conservation and research NGO Zoo Outreach Organisation (ZOO).
Source: The Hindu