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Craspedotropis Gretathunbergae - Shanmugam IAS academy, coimbatore
Craspedotropis Gretathunbergae


What’s in news?

A new species of land snail has been discovered and named as Craspedotropis Gretathunbergae.

Key data’s:

  • In honour of: The new snail has been discovered and named as Craspedotropis Gretathunbergae, in honour of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
  • Discovered by: The snails were found during a field course conducted by Taxon Expeditions at Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre in Brunei. 
  • Published in: The new discovery was published in the Journal Biodiversity Data.
  • Why named after her? The new species comes from tropical rainforests and is sensitive to drought and extreme temperatures, which are likely to be more frequent as climate change continues.  The honour to Thunberg, who has been making efforts to raise awareness about climate change.
  • Last expedition: In 2018, a Taxon Expedition team had named a new species of beetle after the actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also a climate activist.

Physical characteristics:

  • Size: The snail was about two-millimetre-long with dark grey tentacles.
  • Colours: The snail has a pale body and a concave shell, whose outer part is greenish-brown in colour.



Key data’s:

  • Organized by: The event was organized by Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, External Affairs and Government of Haryana.
  • Location: The mela was organized in will be held at Faridabad, Haryana.
  • Theme state: For the 34th edition, Himachal Pradesh was selected as the theme state.
  • Partner Nation: The partner nation of the mela is Uzbekistan.
  • Aim: The intention behind the mela is to promote handicrafts, handlooms with the aid of craftsmen invited from all over the country.
  • Platform: It provides a platform for artists across the globe to showcase their culture and talent annually.
  • Participants: More than 30 countries from Europe, Africa and Asia are participating in the Mela this year with artists. For the first time, craftsmen from England were participating in the mela.
  • 1987 & 2013: ‘Surajkund Craft Mela’ was conducting every year since 1987 and it has attained international stature in 2013. 
  • In the event: Human Kind Foundation, a Faridabad base NGO, working on waste management displays terracotta pots meant for home composting of household wastes. They are showcasing composting eco-friendly products at Surajkund Craft Mela for last five years.

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