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544 species add to India’s diversity in 2019

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    13th Oct, 2020
  • Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) released AnimalDiscoveries2019. It lists 368 faunal species as new to science, and 116 species as first records from India.
  • Among the new discoveries, 294 species are invertebrates and 74 are vertebrates
  • Insects outnumbered other groups in general.
  • In vertebrates, fish diversity is high with 38 new species and five new records.
  • India’s faunal diversity stands at 6.52% of all the species across the world.
  • ZSI has introduced modern methods like DNA barcoding, entire genome sequencing, and X-ray for the identification of new species.
  • Botanical Survey of India (BSI) released PlantDiscoveries2019. It lists 180 new plant species and 73 new records discovered from India.
  • The number of plant species found in India according is 50,012, and accounts roughly for 12% of all flora species in the world.

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