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Scientists Discovered New Species of Shrimp in Kutch

Published on April 09, 2019
A new freshwater shrimp species of genus Caridina has been discovered by researchers from Gujarat's Kutch district, and scientists have named it 'Caridina Kutchi', after the region itself.


  • The new species has been found from Khari River of semi-arid region of Kutch peninsula in Gujarat and is identified to be new to the science.
  • Caridina Kutchi species is the first Caridina species to be described from Kutch, which is known for its complex geological set up. 
  • The species belongs to genus Caridina which are seen in aquatic water bodies and are very less studied in the western India.
  • This species serves as ecological filters of water bodies.

One must know:

  • Professor Pranav Pandya, who works in the field of marine biology and has co-authored the paper on the discovery.
  • Pandya is presently working on a research project sanctioned by the Government of India on the intertidal animals of Gulf of Kutch.


Q. What has scientists named a new freshwater shrimp species of genus Caridina that has been discovered from Gujarat?
Caridina Gujrati
Caridina Indo
Caridina Kutchi
Caridina Rann

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