Mumbai blind eel

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  • October 4, 2021
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Mumbai blind eel

Part of: Prelims and GS III – Environment 

Context A new species of swamp eel was discovered from a well in Mumbai 

Key takeaways 

  • The eel is called Rakthamichthys Mumba, the Mumbai blind eel. 
  • It belongs to the genus Rakthamicthys that is endemic to India.
  • This is the fifth species from the genus to be described from India.
  • Unlike other species of its genus, the mumba lacks eyes, fins and scales, has jaws equal in forward extent, different gill aperture, crescentic-shaped cephalic. 
  • This is the first completely blind subterranean freshwater fish species to be described from Maharashtra and the Northern western Ghats. 

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