Schaller’S Wood Scorpion: New Species Discovered in Tripura (Download PDF)

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Scientists discovered Schaller’s wood scorpion (Liocheles schalleri) at Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, Tripura and named it in honour of wildlife biologist George Schaller who studied wildlife across the world, including the snow leopards of the Himalayas and Central India’s tigers.

Image of Wildlife Protected Areas In Tripura

Image of Wildlife Protected Areas In Tripura

Image of Wildlife Protected Areas In Tripura

Wood Scorpions or Dwarf Scorpions.

  • Smaller than common scorpions only about three cm long.

  • They live in small burrows on the ground, making them difficult to spot.

  • Have fairly large and powerful pincers to crush their prey.

Schaller’s Wood Scorpion

  • Eleventh wood scorpion species to be discovered in India

  • 9 of India’s 11 wood scorpions are endemic to the country.

  • India is home to more than 125 species of scorpions.

  • Schaller’s wood scorpion has large and powerful pincers.

  • Mid-portion of its pincers is differently shaped as well as placement of its eyes and they are darker.

  • Found in low elevations- parts of Tripura, including

About Trishna and Bison National Park

  • Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary and Bison National Park is situated in the southern proximity of the state of Tripura bordering Bangladesh.

  • Trishna was declared on the 16th of December, 1988 over an area of 194.708 Sq. km and the second largest Sanctuary of the State.

  • Later in 2007 an area of 31.63 Sq. Km was declared as Bison National Park.

  • The Sanctuary and Bison National Park is well known for Indian Bison locally known as Gaur, the only surviving population of Gaur in the state.

  • The Sanctuary also supports of viable population of Holook Gibbon, Spectacle Languor’s, slow loris, Pig Tailed Macaque.

Odorrana Arunachalensis Frog Species Discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) discovered new frog species in the fast flowing streams in Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Species was named Odorrana arunachalensis after the state Arunachal Pradesh.

  • One of the five frog species discovered recently in India and the 59th in the world.

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Wildlife sanctuary and bio-diversity hotspot located in Arunachal Pradesh situated at altitude of 2400 m with rivers Pange, Sipu, Karing and Subansiri.

  • Comprises of sub-tropical and alpine forests with variety of flora and fauna.

  • It is home to highly endangered species like clouded leopard.

  • Pleioblastus simone is a bamboo variety only found in Talley Valley.

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary map

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Map

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary map

About Odorrana Arunachalensis

  • Odorrana Arunachalensis belong to genus Odorrana (commonly known as the odorous frog).

  • Odorrana is a genus of true frogs (Ranidae) from East Asia and surrounding regions including India.

  • There are over 50 species of frogs belonging to the genus Odorrana.

  • Medium-sized green frog adapted for life in torrential waters of Arunachal Pradesh

  • Dwells in moss and fern covered rocky section along hill streams in mixed wet tropical forest type

  • Black band-like mark between the eyes distinguishes it from other frog species of this genus.

  • Sighted during the wet season from April to September but not seen in the dry seasons.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 10, 2018

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