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Unique hill fish found in West Bengal village pond

A unique species of fish, with unusually strong fins, has been found in a pond in Belakova Village of West Bengals Jalpaiguri District.

By Pallav Basu

Siliguri (West Bengal), May 29 : A unique species of fish, with unusually strong fins, has been found in a pond in Belakova Village of West Bengal's Jalpaiguri District.

The nearly foot-long fish, weighing half-a-kilogram, appears to be a giant molly with strong fins.

Fish experts are baffled over the find and are conducting studies to ascertain its origin.

"The fish is unique one. We haven't seen such fish before. The unique feature of the fish is that they are similar to the ones called armoured catfish found in North America.

But how this fish is found in pond is astonishing for us. No doubt it is a hill stream fish. Whether the fish is a indigenous one or not will be encountered later on", said Dr. Bimal Chanda, a scientist with the Regional Laboratory for Fisheries, Siliguri.

The fish was found in a pond connected to the Teesta canal.

"(The pond) It is near to Teesta canal. And it (fish) may have entered the pond through the canal.

The fish's features indicate that it belongs to the hilly species", said Animesh Bose, the founder coordinator of the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation, a Siliguri-based non-government organization.

Environmentalists are keen on documenting this rare species and conserving them.

ANI

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