Context: The scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered a new species of a vibrant orange colored deep water marine fish from Digha Mohana in West Bengal.
- About: Commonly known as gurnards or sea-robins, belongs to the family Triglidae.
- Zoological Name: Pterygotrigla intermedica,
- Features: it has characters quite similar to species like Pterygotrigla hemisticta.
o Long opercular spine and a very short cleithral spine; lateral-line,gill rakers on upper limb and 12–13 on lower limb of first gill arch and
o A large black blotch between the 4th and 6th spines of the first dorsal fin
- Found in: Coastal waters of Digha Mohana, West Bengal.
o This region is known for its rich marine life and is a valuable site for marine research and conservation efforts.
- Fourth Species: It is the fourth species of Pterygotrigla genus in India so far, and there are a total 178 species of the Triglidae family worldwide.
Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)
- About: It is India’s apex organization on animal taxonomy.
- Establishment: 1916
- Headquarters: Kolkata
- Objective: To promote survey, exploration, research and documentation on various aspects of animal taxonomy in the Indian subcontinent.