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Four new crab species discovered in Kerala

October 24, 2015

Researchers have discovered four new crab species nam

Paguristes luculentus, Diogenes canaliculatus, Pagu
spinossior and Afropinnotheres ratnakara in Kerala.

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They were discovered by collaborative research project of A.

Kumar, R. Reshmi and Tomoyuki Komai (Japan).These findin
have been published in the international journal of taxono
named Zootaxa.

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Discovery of these four new crab species (of them three are hermit crabs) from

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Kerala coast highlights the diversity of the crustacean in the state.

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Paguristes luculentus: It is a hermit crab species belonging to the family Diogeni

was collected off the coast of Kollam. It represents the 9th of the genus known fr

Indian waters. The species name luculentus (meaning colourful) refers to its l
living colour.

Diogenes canaliculatus: It is a hermit crab species belonging to the family Diogeni

has light brown or tan colour. It has been named after the longitudinal furrows on

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outer surface of its arm on left chelate leg.

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The family Diogenidae of crabs are left handed hermits as their left claw is larger.


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Pagurus spinossior: It is hermit crab belonging to Paguridae family which are ri

handed crabs. It is tan in colour and was collected from Neendakara, Kollam.
Its name spinossior refers to species strong armature on the clawed legs.

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Afropinnotheres ratnakara: It is a new species of pinnotherid crab genus. The ge

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was reported for the first time from the Indian Ocean.

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It was found inside the Perna perna (brown mussel) at Kovalam. The species nam
ratnakara in Sanskrit means Indian Ocean.
About Hermit Crabs
Hermit crabs are ubiquitous animals. They are often considered to be true crabs
they are not.
They live in abandoned gastropod (snail) shells in order to protect themselves.

They lack an external shell and have soft abdomen compared to other crabs spec
which makes them vulnerable to predators.

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Union Government approves induction of women fighter pilots in India

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October 24, 2015

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Union Government has approved induction of women into

Fighter branch of Indian Air Force (IAF).

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Henceforth, women are eligible to get inducted in all branc

and streams of the Air Force.

Union Defence Ministry has taken this decision keeping in v

the aspirations of Indian women and in line with contemporary trends in Armed For
of developed nations.

Under the new rules, the first women fighter pilots would be selected from the ba
which is presently undergoing flying training at Air Force Academy in Hyderab

These women pilots will be commissioned into the fighter stream in June 2016 a
successful completion of initial training. Thereafter, they would undergo advan
training for 1 year and would enter a fighter cockpit by June 2017.
Presently, there are around 1,500 women in the IAF including 94 pilots and
navigators. IAF is also inducting women in Transport and Helicopter streams.
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Hurricane Patricia makes landfall near Mexicos Pacific coast

October 24, 2015

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Hurricane Patricia has struck Mexicos Pacific coast w

destructive winds that forced thousands of people to flee hom
and beach front resorts.

The hurricanes centre (eye) made its landfall in spars

populated Puerto Vallarta coastline of Mexicos west Pac
coast bringing lashing rains, surging seas and cyclonic wi
along with it.
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Patricia has been recorded as the most powerful hurricane in the Western Hemisph
in terms of barometric pressure.

It was having central pressure of 880 millibars and maximum sustained winds of 3

US National Hurricane Center (USNHC) has categorized the hurricane as a Categ

Five storm which is the highest classification.

Patricia originated near the Gulf of Tehuantepec as a tropical storm and la

strengthened to a hurricane of category 5 storm.
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Four new crab species discovered in Kerala

Union Government approves induction of women
fighter pilots in Indian Air Force
Hurricane Patricia makes landfall near Mexicos
Pacific coast
US President appoints Brett McGurk as Special
Envoy to US-led coalition for fighting IS
24 October: World Polio Day
Nasser Khan Janjua appointed as National Security
Advisor of Pakistan
Union Government imposes anti-dumping duty on
Chinese auto parts
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Himachal Pradesh to host Indias first Paragliding
World Cup
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