A new species of fruit fly discovered in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu is named after Siruvani, an ecological hotspot in the Western Ghat mountain range.
The fly, ‘Euphranta siruvani’, belongs to the Tephritidae family. It was identified by researchers from a non-forest area near Siruvani; the discovery has been published in the Zootaxa journal. According to the authors, 104 known species from genus Euphranta are distributed across the world, of which 14 are found in India. The discovery of Euphranta siruvani is the new addition to the list.
The fairyfly feeds on eggs laid by plant feeders such as hoppers. More study is required to understand its life cycle, according to the researchers.