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262 new faunal species discovered in India in 2015: Official

Kolkata: India has enhanced the faunal biodiversity of the world with the revelation of 262 new species in 2015 while 105 species were recorded in the nation surprisingly, a Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) official said here on Tuesday.

“The 262 species are new disclosure to India and new to science also. Upwards of 105 were found in different nations however were recorded without precedent for India in 2015 (January to December). The acknowledged differing qualities including the new disclosures is 97,515,” said ZSI executive Kailash Chandra.

Out of these, 70 species were found by ZSI researchers in 2015.

“From 1975 to 1985, the quantity of revelations was greatest. Prior, there were more than 100 disclosures by ZSI researchers every year and number of researchers was likewise more. Presently we have 80 individuals, prior there used to be 120 to 130,” said Chandra.

ZSI senior researcher KC Gopi said the new revelations are “biodiversity monetary standards” as far as asset for what’s to come.

A book recording the new species would be dispatched by Union Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar here on July 1.

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