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A new species of cyprinid freshwater fish named Puntius Dolichopterus has been discovered in Kerala’s Kayamkulam city.
It was discovered by Mathews Plamoottil, head of the department of zoology in Baby John Memorial Government College of Kollam district.
Facts about Puntius Dolichopterus
- Named after two Greek words ‘dolikhos’ meaning elongated and ‘pteron’ meaning wing or fin. The fish has been included in the fish family Cyprinidae.
- Characteristics: It has elongated pectoral fin and shorter dorsal fin. It also has unusually elongated dorsal spine which is rigid, strong and long and has longer head.
- It has lesser number of lateral line scales and pre-dorsal scales. Its body is silvery, pectoral and anal fin greenish yellow and dorsal fin is light orange red.
- Its ventral fin yellow while the caudal fin dusky and an inconspicuous dusky spot present on scales.
- Habitat: found in small and shallow water channels. It is edible and can be utilised as ornamental fish.
World’s sixth biggest greenhouse gas polluter, Japan has pledged to cut emissions 26 per cent from 2013 levels by 2030 in a bid to fight calamitous global warming.
In this regard, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led government submitted its target to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Japan’s announcement comes ahead of Climate change conference to be held in December 2015 in Paris which is aiming for international efforts to create a new frame work for addressing climate change. With this Japan became the 19th UNFCCC member party to submit a carbon-cutting pledge to the United Nations.
Other countries announcements
Unite States: Earlier in 2014, US had committed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent cut by 2025 from 2005 levels.
European Union (EU): It also had set a target to reduce emission of 35 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
China: World’s largest emitter officially has not announced its target to reduce the greenhouse gases emissions yet, but had set a target for the country’s emissions to peak by 2030 in a joint climate announcement with US in November, 2014.