Mumbai, Oct. 17 -- Researchers have discovered a new sub-species of the Schistura - a freshwater loach - from the Hiranyakeshi river in the Sahyadri (western ghats) at Sindhudurg. The Schistura are tiny and colourful fish species which inhabit streams and water that is rich in oxygen.

The findings by Jayasimhan Praveenraj from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair; Maharashtra chief minister's son Tejas Thackeray from the Thackeray Wildlife Foundation, Mumbai; and fish enthusiast and underwater photographer Shankar Balasubramanian were published the peer reviewed journal Aqua International Journal of Ichthyology recently. Praveenraj said Thackeray had found the loach i...