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SPECIES OF “XYLOPHIS DEEPAKI” DISCOVERED

SPECIES OF “XYLOPHIS DEEPAKI” DISCOVERED

Context

Recent discovery  of “Xylophis Deepaki” is associated with Snakes.

Details

About Xylophis deepaki

  • A tiny snake of just 20 cm length with iridescent scales.
  • Found : In Kanyakumari, on coconut plantation
  • Reported to be an endemic species of Tamil Nadu and also been sighted in some parts of the southern Western Ghats.
  • It is named after the Indian herpetologist Deepak Veerappan.

About Xylophis

  • It is a small genus of snakes in the family Pareidae.
  • Five Species of  Xylophis : Xylophis Captaini, Xylophis deepaki, Xylophis Mosaicus, Xylophis Perroteri and Xylophis Stenorhynchus.

About Western Ghats

  • One of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world.
  • It runs parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula.
  • It is spread across six states—Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • According to UNESCO, the Western Ghats are older than the Himalayas.

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