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About the Awaous Motla


Recently, a group of scientists discovered an edible freshwater fish available in the markets of western Odisha.


GS III: Species in News

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Awaous Motla
  2. Mahanadi River

About Awaous Motla:

  • Awaous Motla is a fish species characterized by its vibrant yellow-colored body and distinctive fleshy upper lip.
  • This species was discovered in the Mahanadi River.
  • The discovery of Awaous Motla is a result of ongoing research efforts that are being funded by the Department of Science and Technology of the Odisha government.
  • Taxonomically, Awaous Motla belongs to the family ‘Awaous’ (Oxudercidae), hence its name ‘Awaous Motla.’

Mahanadi River:

  • The Mahanadi River is one of the prominent east-flowing peninsular rivers in India.
  • It originates in the Sihawa range of hills located in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh state.
  • The river’s course takes it in a southeastern direction through the states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
  • The Mahanadi River’s basin covers significant areas in Chhattisgarh and Odisha, along with smaller portions in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Geographically, the river is bounded by the Central India hills to the north, the Eastern Ghats to the south and east, and the Maikal hill range to the west.
  • Notable tributaries of the Mahanadi include the Seonath River, Jonk River, Hasdeo River, Mand River, Ib River, Ong River, and Telen River.

-Source: The Hindu

December 2023