Monday Unique Fact: World’s largest cave fish discovered in Meghalaya

A group of Scientists visited the deep, dark cave of North-Eastern Indian state of Meghalaya in search of a newly discovered cave-dwelling fish. It is found in the Jantia caves, it is the longest natural cave in India.

Liat Prah is one of approximately 150 known caves in the Shnongrim Ridge of the Jaintia Hills district in the state of Meghalaya, northeast India. Credits : nationalgeographic
A cave explorer climbing out of a Maelstrom onthe fixed rope in the upper shaft originally climbed by Tim Allen.

Cave dwelling fish is a type of fish that lives underground in caves. There are over 250 species of fish in the world living in dark caves with scarce food. Most of these fish are small, generally less than 8.5 cms long as they have less food to prey and eat.

Schistura larketensis is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Schistura. This cavefish is found in the East Jaintia Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya.

The cave-dwelling fish discovered in Meghalaya’s Chympe caves measures over 40 cm long, which is much longer than any other known cave fish.