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New spider species found in Maharashtra named after Mumbai 26/11 Martyr Tukaram Omble

These findings have been published as research papers in an internationally reputed journal- Arthropoda Selecta.

A group of naturalists paid a poignant tribute to 26/11 martyr, Tukaram G. Omble, by naming a new spider species after him. This new 'jumping spider' male sex-species, found last year in an urban locality of Thane's Kalyan town, has been named 'Icius Tukarami'. Another previously unknown spider species has been found in Mumbai's Aarey Colony and both these findings have been published as research papers in an internationally reputed journal- Arthropoda Selecta.

Significance of the latest findings

A team of naturalists has discovered two unknown spider species in Maharashtra- Icius Tukarami and Phintella Cholkei. While the former is named after the policeman who played a pivotal role in safeguarding Mumbai citizens during the 26/11 attacks, the latter is named in the memory of Somnath Kumbhar's (team member) friend Kamlesh Cholke, who was a spider-enthusiast himself.

Dhruv Prajapati and Ravi Dutt Kamboj (Gujarat Ecological Education & Research Foundation), Rajesh Sanap and John Caleb (Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment) and Somnath Kumbhar, are the 5 members of the team who have led this discovery. They have jointly published their findings in Arthropoda Selecta, an international journal of repute.

It has been reported that the latest discoveries are significant as these spiders are microhabitat specialists who are sensitive to sudden changes, thereby, they are ideal indicators of the ecosystem function. An integral part of the food web, it has been noted that even minor environmental changes can hit or wipe out their population, hence, they ought to be conserved.

About Tukaram Omble

Omble was a former Indian Army soldier who joined Mumbai Police, post his retirement, and was attached to the D. B. Marg Police Station. He was manning the check-post at Girgaum Chowpatty during the wee hours of November 27 and helped in nabbing one of the culprits. Omble was posthumously conferred with Ashok Chakra in 2009 and declared a 'Martyr'. The move to name a spider species after him and thereby, immortalising the Mumbai 26/11 hero, is being welcomed by netizens.

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Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

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Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

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Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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