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A new species of a caecilian found in a plantation near Cotigao wildlife sanctuary in Canacona has been named after the range forest officer (RFO) of Bondla Paresh Porob. This is the first time in history that a creature has been named after a Goan.
Speaking to TOI, Varad Giri, the scientist working on caecilians, and the curator of Bombay Natural History Society, said, “In order to give recognition to the immense service done and dedication shown by Paresh Porab as the wild lifer and RFO we thought it most appropriate to name the new species as Gegeneophis pareshi.”
Porob, who had worked as the RFO at Bondla, was instrumental in planning and implementing several steps for the protection of wildlife and improvement of environment at Cotigao wildlife sanctuary.