Zoological Survey Of India Discovers New Species Of Digger Wasp

The new species has been named Miscophus Kaleshi.

Dr Kalesh has discovered over 28 species, including the new research, he did on the Silverline butterfly (cigaritis meghamalaiensis) at the Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve.

A scientist at the Zoological Survey of India has discovered a new species of digger wasp and it is named after a researcher and doctor based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kalesh S. This discovery marks a new addition to southern India, where one new species of the insect has been found. The species is named, Miscophus Kaleshi, in honour of Dr Kalesh S who researched the taxonomy of butterflies, ants, odonates, cicadas and mantises in the western ghats.

Dr Kalesh discovered over 28 species including the new research he did on the Silverline butterfly (cigaritis meghamalaiensis) at the Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve.

The discovery of Miscophus Kaleshi is a collaborative effort between the Zoological Survey of India and the University of Calicut, and it was led by K Girish Kumar, known for his contributions to entomology and taxonomy, and in understanding the diverse insect life of the Western Ghats.

Dr Kalesh, who is also a plastic surgeon, has been actively involved in taxonomy and research for the past 25 years. Despite not having formal training in taxonomy, his work has been widely recognised by the scientific community.

Dr Kalesh expressed his gratitude by saying that it is a huge honour for him and that his name will live on even after his lifespan. He is currently working at a Thrissur Medical College Hospital and is also conducting research in the Western Ghats, along with conducting outreach programmes for the Travancore Nature History Society (TNHS).

Girish Kumar praised Dr Kalesh’s contributions to natural history studies, particularly his research on ants, butterflies, odonates, cicadas, and mantids of the Western Ghats, calling them truly remarkable.

The naming of ‘Miscophus Kaleshi’ after Dr Kalesh S pays tribute to his contributions to the study of biodiversity in the Western Ghats. His dedication and achievements serve as an inspiration to researchers, ensuring that his legacy will endure for generations to come.

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