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Which of the following are the new species of freshwater catfish discovered in Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala in November 2013?

1. Horabagrus melanosoma 

2. Mystus heoki 

3. Mystus indicus 

4. Mystus miami 

Select the answers from the codes given below: 

(a) 1 only 

(b) 1 and 2 only 

(c) 1, 2 and 3 only 

(d) All of the above

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Correct option: (c) 1, 2 and 3 only


Along with the first 3 species Mystus menoni species of Catfish were discovered from the Manimala river. Catfish are freshwater, bottomdwelling fish. Unlike other fish, they have no scales and are smooth-skinned. They are known for growing whiskers, called "barbels," at some point during their lifespan. Catfish use their barbels as feelers as they swim along the bottom of the various bodies of water in which they live. There are 2,900  species of catfish worldwide. They range in size from 1.5 to 2 in chesto more than 8 feet in length.

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