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Demaorchestia alanensis

  • 13 Dec 2023
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Researchers at Berhampur University, Odisha, have unveiled a new species of marine amphipod, named Demaorchestia alanensis, in Chilika Lake, contributing to global marine biodiversity.

  • The discovery increases the global species count in the Demaorchestia (Senticaudata, Talitridae) genus to six, showcasing the region's marine diversity.
  • The new species is characterized by its white colour, measuring less than 15 millimetres in length, with 13 pairs of legs serving various functions.
  • It can be recognized from other similar species by having two to three hair-like structures on the front edge of the gnathopod's propodus(Limb).
  • It belongs to the subfamily Platorchestiinae found along the Indian coast.
  • Amphipods act as indicators for climate change impact and coastal ecosystem health.
  • The family Talitridae was considered one of the oldest groups of amphipods, and it was believed to have been on the planet since the Jurassic age.

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