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Bengaluru | Oct 23, 2019
Looking through 'living glass', researchers discover a new genus of diatoms from India and China

In a recent study, researchers from Agharkar Research Institute, India, Harbin Normal University, China and the University of Colorado, USA, have described a new genus of diatoms called Kulikovskiyia. Diatoms belonging to this genus are currently found only in the Western Ghats of India and Hainan Province of China. The study, funded by the Science and Engineering Research Board, was published in the journal Phycological Research.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 7, 2019
Researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, have uncovered the evolutionary links between the different species of centipedes dating back to Gondwana.

Researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, have uncovered the evolutionary links between the different species of centipedes dating back to Gondwana. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 24, 2019
Researchers discover a new species of vine snake from the Western Ghats that dates back 26 million years

The team of researchers, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru were attempting to study and classify snakes in the Western Ghats systematically. That's when they came across Proahaetulla antiqua, which is endemic to the southern Western Ghats. What's more interesting is that it is an ancient species, thought to have evolved around 26 million years ago during the mid-Oligocene. 

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Pune | Jul 8, 2019
Researchers discover a new species of pipewort from the Western Ghats, name it after Karnataka’s coast

Researchers from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, Savitribai Phule Pune University, MES College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Bengaluru and the Centre for medicinal Plants Research, Kerala have described a new species of pipewort from the Western Ghats. They have named the new species Eriocaulon karaavalense, after the Kannada work karaavali (ಕರಾವಳಿ), which translates to ‘the coast’.

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Bengaluru | Jun 11, 2019
Meet Micryletta aishani, the new frog from the northeast that plays hide-and-seek with monsoon

The monsoon is here; humming with the pouring rain are the croaks of frogs, for it is the season of love for most of them. But not for Micryletta aishani, the newest of the frogs discovered from the state of Assam. Unlike most frogs that breed during the monsoon, this elusive frog breeds before the onset of monsoon and then goes into hiding for the rest of the year. The discovery is the result of six years of extensive fieldwork in the northeastern states of India by a team of researchers from the University of Delhi, Wildlife Institute of India, Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. 

General, Science, Ecology
Aizawl | Jun 7, 2019
Researchers describe a new genus and species of rain-loving snake from Northeast India

Researchers from NCBS, NHM, WII, Mizoram University, Pachunga University College, and IISc have documented a new genus and species of Natricine snake from Northeast India. 

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Arunachal Pradesh | May 18, 2019
After 70 long years, a new species of pitviper emerges from Arunachal Pradesh

Researchers discover a new species of pitviper in Arunachal Pradesh and name it Trimeresurus arunachalensis or the Arunachal pitviper.

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Odisha | May 14, 2019
Word on the Vine: New species of vine snake discovered in India

Researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, Wayanad Wild, the Wildlife Institute of India, Nature, Environment and Wildlife Society, and the Zoological Survey of India discover a new species of vine snake Ahaetulla laudankia in Odisha, India.

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Pune | May 10, 2019
Two species of diatoms discovered in Sikkim

What do you get when a trip to Sikkim does not follow the plan, thanks to hectic schedule and unfavourable weather? It's frustration for many; an "Eureka!" moment for some! A trip, meant to meet up with fellow scientists, ended with the discovery of two new species of diatoms—Stauroneis sikkimensis and Stauroneis lepchae.

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Bengaluru | Mar 12, 2019
IISc researchers describe a new starry frog from the Western Ghats

An international collaboration of researchers, including two from IISc Bengaluru, have described a new starry frog Astrobatrachus kurichiyana from the Western Ghats.

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