Biodiversity

Consider the following pairs:

Wildlife : Naturally found in

  1. Blue-finned Mahseer : Cauvery River
  2. Irrawaddy Dolphin : Chambal River
  3. Rusty-spotted Cat : Eastern Ghats

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Answer

Irrawaddy dolphins are quite shy, and all that can be seen of them most of the time is a dorsal fin or a tail fluke. The species gets its common name from the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, where it also lives. It was first described in 1866 from a specimen found in the Vishakapatnam harbour in present day Andhra Pradesh on India‘s east coast.

In Chilika they can be seen singly, in pairs or as small groups of 4 to 6 individuals. Thus, it is not observed in Chambal river.

The correct option is C.