Species in News UPSC

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 4, 2022, 9:30

India is home to a wide variety of species of all shapes and sizes. From Asian elephants to Indian hornbills, the country's biodiversity is legendary. This article lists Indian Species in News UPSC and you can find out more about their unique characteristics associated with many species in the news. But that's a very difficult task, and ambushing all these species in the news is certainly not desirable.

You can follow a complete list of Endangered Species (CR) in India. Just remembering the CR species makes it easy to ask questions based on the IUCN situation.

Latest News on Species in News UPSC

The Ladakh Federal Office recently recognized the snow leopard and the black-necked crane as state animals and state birds, respectively. Until August 5, 2019, the black-necked crane was a bird in Jammu & Kashmir. Black-necked cranes are found in the highland wetlands and swamps of eastern Ladakh, and these birds breed in March and depart in late October or early November. There are still about 7,500 snow leopards in the world, 500 of which are in India. According to several experts, the snow leopard population is 200-300 in Ladakh alone, which is why it was decided to adopt the snow leopard as a Ladakh state animal and the black-necked crane as a Ladakh state bird.

The black-necked crane, found under the Union Territory of Ladakh, employs the black-necked crane as a state bird. It is only found in the Changtang region of Ladakh. Snow leopards are found in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh and have been adopted as the state animal of Ladakh.

Some of the Critically Endangered Species in News UPSC

  • The Caracal
  • The Great Indian Bustard
  • The Himalayan brown bear
  • Vultures in India
  • Kolar Leaf Nosed Bat
  • Crocodile
  • African Elephants and Asian Elephants
  • The Pangolin
  • Bugun Liocichla
  • Northern River Terrapin

Some of the Endangered Species in News UPSC

  • Red Sanders
  • Tiger (Panthera tigris)
  • Lesser Florican
  • The Asiatic Lion
  • Himalayan Trillium
  • The Gangetic River Dolphin
  • Denison barb (Miss Kerala)

Some of The Near Threatened Species in News UPSC

  • The Black Necked Crane
  • The Malayan Giant Squirrel
  • Kaiser-i-Hind(Arunachal's State butterfly)
  • Spot-Billed Pelican or grey pelican
  • Kaiser-i-Hind
  • Spot-billed pelicans

Some of the Vulnerable Species in News UPSC

  • The Himalayan Serow
  • The Fishing Cat
  • The Giant Leatherback Turtle
  • The Indian star tortoises
  • The Houbara Bustard
  • The Indian Leopard
  • Himalayan Viagra
  • Wandering Albatross
  • Olive Ridley turtles
  • Indian Flap shell Turtle
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Some of the Least Concern Species in News UPSC

  • The Hedgehog
  • The Mandarin Ducks
  • House Sparrow
  • Barn Owls in India
  • Hornbill
  • Indian Desert Cat
  • Black-and-orange Flycatcher and Nilgiri Flycatcher
  • Sonneratia alba or mangrove apple
  • Black Eagle
  • Saltwater crocodile
  • Two High Altitude Flycatchers
  • Data Deficient Species
  • The Black Browed Babbler

Miscellaneous Species in News UPSC

  • The Myristica swamp tree frog
  • Dragonfly
  • Indian Muraingrasses
  • Seabuckthorn plantations
  • Banni Buffalo
  • Chocolate-bordered Flitter
  • Trigonopterus corona
  • Thrips Parvispinus
  • Issi saaneq
  • Chinar Tree
  • White Cheeked Macaque
  • Halari Breed of Donkey
  • Syllipsimopodi Bideni
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FAQs on Species in News UPSC

Q.1. Where is the Blackbuck Species in News UPSC found?

Blackbuck Species in News UPSC is found in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

Q.2. What are the other names of the Indian Leopard and where is this Species in News UPSC found?

The Indian leopard is also called Panthera pardus fusca and this Species in News UPSC is found in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, and Assam

Q.3. Where is the Asian Elephant under Species in News UPSC found?

Under Species in News UPSC, the Asian elephant also called the Elephas maximus can be seen in Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu

Q.4. Under Species in News UPSC, Where is the Great Indian Hornbill found?

Under Species in News UPSC, the Great Indian Hornbill which is commonly known as Buceros bicornis can be seen in the Western Ghats and the forests along the Himalayas

Q.5. Where is the Cheetah found under Species in News UPSC?

The Cheetah is also known as Acinonyx jubatus is one of these Species in News UPSC. The country's last spotted cheetah could not survive and passed away in Chhattisgarh in 1947. It was declared extinct in the country in 1952 to be re-introduced into the country at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh from Africa

Q.6. Name some other endangered Species in News UPSC and where they can be seen in India?

Some other endangered Species in News UPSC with the Location in India -

  • A fishing Cat called the Prionailurus viverrinus is found in Sundarbans, Foothills of the Himalayas along the Ganga, Brahmaputra river valleys, and the Western Ghats.
  • Red Panda, called Ailurus fulgens found in Darjeeling (West Bengal), Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh
  • Caracal can be seen in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh
  • The Himalayan Brown Bear is found in Jammu And Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand
  • Asiatic Lion, called the Panthera leo can be seen in Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat
  • The Sloth Bear called Melursus ursinus can be found in Western Ghats, Karnataka