ITANAGAR, July 21 � The Department of Zoology, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat has claimed to have discovered a new ornamental fish species � Microphis ignoratus � in the Indian sub-continent in one of the tributaries of Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh.
Presence of this freshwater pipe fish in India is a new record and was never observed by any other researchers ever before in the fresh water system of the Indian sub-continent. It is recorded for the first time at one of the tributaries of river Siang near Sigar village under Mebo community development block of East Siang district of Arunachal, informed Dr Keshav Kumar Jha, the head of Department of Zoology, JNC Pasighat.
He said there are 28 different identified fish species of Microphis (pipefish and sea horses) under family Sygnathidae, both freshwater and marine, which are reported from various corners of the world; out of which five species are reported in freshwater system in the Asian continent (Fishbase, 2013).
Till date, only one species of freshwater pipe fish � M deocatus � has been reported from the Indian subcontinent. Available research document suggests that Microphis ignoratus has not been reported earlier from the freshwater habitat of the Indian sub-continent. Moreover, a perusal of the available literature suggests that Microphis ignoratus has not been reported earlier from the freshwater habitat of Arunachal. The status of the fish is endangered (IUCN, 2012).