Zabol University Researchers Discover More than 10 New Species in Hamoun Int'l Wetland

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 10:21

Researchers at Zabol University have discovered over 10 new species of arthropods in Hamoun International Wetland.

According to an ISCA report, in a study conducted by Zabol University researchers, in order to examine the world’s seventh-largest international wetland and Iran's largest freshwater lake in the plains of the Sistan region, with a focus on the subgroup of Hymenoptera, they could identify more than 10 new species of arthropods in this area.

The head of the university’s public relations, Ali Afshari Moghaddam stated that several species were identified, named and introduced in this study, so that tens of other rare species have been collected in this region and their existence has been recorded for the first time in Iran, Tehran Times reports.

As he noted, Hamoun International Wetland is a dynamic and fertile habitat that plays an important role in the survival of animal species, especially arthropods, as a biological reserve in the animal food chain.

"So far, more than 20 articles have been written by Zabul University researchers on new species of Hamoun International Wetland that have been published in prestigious international journals," he added.

Afshari Moghaddam also lamented that in recent years, the lack of precipitation and drought caused by dried up Helmand River along with the 120-day winds in the Sistan region, in addition to causing great economic and social damage, has led to the complete drying up of Hamoon Wetland and its ecosystem.

He emphasized that one of the most important criteria for granting international importance to a wetland by the Ramsar Convention is having a significant collection of rare or endangered species or subspecies of rare plants and animals.

He finally noted that citing researches conducted by Zabul University, in the first stage can provide reasonable evidence to the international authorities regarding the double emphasis on the importance of protecting the habitat and allocating its water rights by Afghanistan.

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