New Species of Dung Beetle found in Arunachal Pradesh

Published on June 09, 2019
A new species of dung beetle has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district.
New Species of Dung Beetle found in Arunachal Pradesh

Details:

  • The new discovery named 'Enoplotrupes Tawangensis' is a 27-mm-long insect, relatively bigger than most dung beetles.
  • The shining dark blue insect was first examined by two scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) - Kailash Chandra and Devanshu Gupta.
  • Czech scientist David Kr├íl confirmed that he found a similar specimen from Bhutan which borders the frontier state.
  • Dung beetles feed exclusively or partially on feces.
  • They belong to the super family called 'Scarabaeoidea' and have clubbed antennae and pro-tibiae (pro-legs) modified for burrowing dung inside the soil.
  • The species plays an important in agriculture and tropical forests.
  • They bury and consume dung and in turn improves nutrient recycling and soil structure.
  • Further, they also help in seed dispersal and protect livestock from pests by removing dung from nearby.

Question:

Q. A new species of dung beetle has been discovered in which state of India?
a. Assam
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Kerela
d. Arunachal Pradesh

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