Two new eel species discovered

  1. Two new species of marine eel have been discovered and documented by Estuarine Biology Regional Centre (EBRC) of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) at Gopalpur-on-sea in Odisha.
  2. One of them is a short brown un-patterned moray eel. It has been named ‘Gymnothorax andamanensesis’.
  3. Another species discovered was a white-spotted moray eel which has been named ‘Gymnothorax smithi’
  4. Marine eels are mostly found in shallow waters but some of them live offshore in sandy or clayey bottoms ranging up to 500 metres.
  5. The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is the premier Indian organization, under Environment Ministry for zoological research and studies to promote the survey, exploration and research of the fauna in India. It was established in 1960. It is headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.