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Largest cave fish on earth discovered in Meghalaya

Largest cave fish on earth discovered in Meghalaya

A new kind of cave fish which is similar in anatomy to an endangered mahseer species, was discovered in Meghalaya last February.

Key Findings:

  • It is the largest known subterreanean fish in the world known till date.
  • The species of fish they found was longer than 40 cm, which is way too long. 
  • All the previous discoveries of cave fish from India have usually been small fish, and this is the largest of the cave fish discovered in the country, and probably from anywhere in the world.
  • It is widely consumed in India, and mahseer generally lives mostly in fast-flowing streams and rivers and also large reservoirs. 
  • The new species is similar to the golden mahseer, Tor putitora, except for its blander look, lack of eyes and of course it's unusual underground home in Meghalaya's Jaintia Hills. 

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