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Scientists have discovered the world’s largest known underground and the fish in the cave in the north-east of India.
The “troglomorphic fish were detected last year, according to a recently released study. “As the largest individual seen in the cave, it was in excess of 400 mm in [15.8 cm] standard length, making it by far the largest known underground fish,” the scientists explain in an abstract of the study.
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One of the fish that was found in a cave in the north-east of India. (It Aksamovic)
The discovery of the blind-fish of the challenges previously-held theories about the fish house, and the old places. “It has always been assumed that the cave fishes, of the more than 350 mm would be the most likely to not be on the ground, but this has now been shown that it is totally inaccurate,” the researchers explain. “The fish has been discovered in Meghalaya, in February, 2019, is not only substantially longer than the longest previously known species, but there is so much more extensive, with a body mass is likely to be larger than that of the second-largest of the cave fish are at least an order of magnitude.”
The fish seems to be anatomically correct, to-the of Tor Putitora, an endangered species of Asian fish, which is also known as the Putitor Mahseer or Golden Mahseer fish. However, the cave fish has been discovered in Meghalaya is different from the Tor Putitora in the “depigmentation, absence of eyes, and in the terrestrial habitat,” according to a new study.
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The newly discovered fish, the biggest well-known underground fish.
An international team of researchers published their study in the British Cave Research Association’s Cave and Karst Science.
Daniel Harries, D. Ph., assistant professor at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland and the study’s lead author, told Fox News that the size of the fish it is significant. “It has generally been assumed that, because food is scarce in caves, animals such as fish, should be limited to a smaller size, and occur in relatively small populations,” he said via e-mail. “But here we have a species of fish that is more than 10 times larger than that of the other species, the cave of the fish, and we probably saw about 100 people in the hall. This throws up all sorts of questions, such as what kind of food to maintain it. We don’t have a clear answer for this yet, but it’s all very intriguing.”
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The researchers say that it is the largest of the fish found in the cave, it is more than 400mm [15.8 cm] in length. (Daniel Harries)
Harries said that, it is also important to ensure that the fish remained undetected for so long. “A systematic exploration of the Meghalayan caves has been in progress for nearly 30 years and hundreds of miles of cave passages explored and mapped,” he said. “However, this is a very large cave, the fish remained undocumented until last year. This raises questions about what else might have been overlooked in the south. “
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