Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology, Prelims
Why in news?
- Lepidopterists in Arunachal Pradesh have helped add two species to India’s expanding list of butterflies.
- The Striped Hairstreak was located in Myanmar border Myanmar while the Elusive Prince was found on the periphery of the Namdapha National Park.
- The findings from Arunachal Pradesh indicate the rich biodiversity of the State, the government thus, needs to focus on helping volunteers or citizen scientists by providing the support needed.
Details (Prelims Bits)
- The Striped Hairstreak, was first recorded by Japanese entomologists in Hainan province of China.
- Elusive Prince, has a Vietnamese connection and was thought to be the more familiar Black Prince found in the Eastern Himalayas.
Namdapha National Park
- Namdapha National Park (IUCN category II National Park) is a large protected area in Arunachal Pradesh of Northeast India.
- Namdapha was originally declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1972, then a National Park in 1983 and became a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger scheme in 1983 itself.
- The Namdapha flying squirrel is endemic to the park and critically endangered.
- There are a few settlements of Lisu tribal people within the park.
- With more than 1,000 floral and about 1,400 faunal species, it is a biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Himalayas.
- The national park harbours the northernmost lowland evergreen rainforests in the world at 27°N latitude
-Source: The Hindu