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Nacaduba Sinhala Ramaswamii Sadasivan

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  • March 31, 2021
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Nacaduba Sinhala Ramaswamii Sadasivan

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Biodiversity 

In news

  •  A group of lepidopterists have found a new butterfly species in India.

Key takeaways 

  • The species is named Nacaduba sinhala ramaswamii Sadasivan,
  • It was discovered in the Agasthyamalais in the Western Ghats 
  • The new taxon of Lycaenid butterflies belongs to the Nacaduba genus.
  • Line Blues are small butterflies belonging to the subfamily Lycaenidae. 
  • Their distribution ranges from India and Sri Lanka to the whole of south-eastern Asia, Australia and Samoa.
  • It is the first time that a butterfly species was discovered by an all-Indian research team from the Western Ghats.

Do you know?

  • Lepidopterology is a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of moths and the three superfamilies of butterflies.
  • Someone who studies in this field is a lepidopterist or an aurelian.

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