Micro snail species discovered in Meghalaya’s Mawsmai cave

What is the News? Researchers have recently discovered a micro snail species named Georissa mawsmaiensis from Mawsmai, a limestone cave in Meghalaya. This is significant as the last discovery of the same genus was made in 1851. The species was named as Georissa saritta. It was collected and described from the Musmai (Mawsmai today) valley… Continue reading Micro snail species discovered in Meghalaya’s Mawsmai cave

Explained: What is Allium negianum?

What is the News? A team of researchers has discovered a new species of the genus Allium named “Allium negianum” from the Uttarakhand Himalayan region of India. What is Allium? Allium is one of the largest genera in Amaryllidaceae, a family of herbaceous, mainly perennial and bulbous flowering plants. The genus has about 1,100 species… Continue reading Explained: What is Allium negianum?

Arctic melt: will polar bears vanish by 2100?

What is the News? According to a study published in the journal Earth’s Future, if carbon emissions continue at current levels, then by 2100 Arctic sea ice may disappear during the summer, which could drive polar bears and other ice-dependent species to extinction. What is the importance of Arctic Ice? In winter, most of the… Continue reading Arctic melt: will polar bears vanish by 2100?

Development projects threaten Bengal florican habitat in Assam

What is the News? Bustard Specialist Group (BSG) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature has written to the Assam government on the urgent need to prevent land-use changes at Kokilabari Seed Farm in the state to protect Bengal floricans and other species. About Kokilabari Seed Farm Kokilabari Seed Farm is located in Assam.… Continue reading Development projects threaten Bengal florican habitat in Assam

Fish species found only in the Pacific, discovered in the Bay of Bengal

What is the News? Researchers have discovered a unique, lesser-known fish species named Hoplosebastes Armatus in the Indian Ocean.This fish species was till now thought to be found only in the Pacific Ocean. What is Hoplosebastes Armatus? Hoplosebastes Armatus is also known as the flower scorpionfish. It belongs to the order of ray-finned fish that… Continue reading Fish species found only in the Pacific, discovered in the Bay of Bengal

Over 100 countries sign Kunming Declaration on biodiversity conservation

What is the news?  The “Kunming Declaration” was adopted by over 100 countries in the ongoing virtual 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD).  The theme of the COP-15 is “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”.  COP15 is being held… Continue reading Over 100 countries sign Kunming Declaration on biodiversity conservation

New cicada species in Nagaland underscores need for conservation

Source: This post is based on the article “New cicada species in Nagaland underscores need for conservation” published in Down to Earth on 12th October 2021. What is the news? Recently a new Cicada species Platyomia kohimaensis was discovered in the Naga Hills. The species was found near the village of Mitelphe within the Kohima district. ​… Continue reading New cicada species in Nagaland underscores need for conservation

Conserving India’s dhole population: Study earmarks 114 talukas

What is the news? A recent study has identified 114 priority talukas/tehsils where habitats can be consolidated to enhance population connectivity for the Dholes. The study was conducted by scientists from the Non-profit Wildlife Conservation Society–India (WCS-India), National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, University of Florida, United States, Non-profit Conservation Initiatives and Centre for Wildlife… Continue reading Conserving India’s dhole population: Study earmarks 114 talukas

Two day meeting of 30 range countries of Central Asian Flyway begins

What is the news?  Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has started two days Online Meeting of Central Asian Flyway (CAF) Range countries to strengthen the conservation actions for migratory birds and their habitats in the Central Asian Flyway. Flyways  A flyway is a geographical region within which a single or a group of migratory species completes its annual cycle –… Continue reading Two day meeting of 30 range countries of Central Asian Flyway begins

These animals and plants of India could have become ‘possibly extinct’ : IUCN

What is the news?  In the latest edition of the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, a number of animals and plants have been listed as ‘possibly extinct’, including many species from India. What are the findings of report?  First, among animals, there is the coconut crab, the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. There are… Continue reading These animals and plants of India could have become ‘possibly extinct’ : IUCN