Scientists from Russia have discovered a new species of mollusk in the rivers of Myanmar, which may be an indicator of the purity of water. This large mollusk with a strong shell was found in two rivers, the Irrawaddy and Chindwin. The populations in these two rivers are genetically very different and were isolated from each other about six million years ago.
Molluscs live in inaccessible tropical forests, where there are small streams with clean water flow. These places are exposed to human impacts such as logging and agriculture that can degrade water quality and threaten species survival. Scientists have recommended that it be included in the Myanmar Red Book.
Russian scientists also contributed to the creation of the Red Data Book in Myanmar and proposed the use of shellfish as bioindicators of water quality in the construction of reservoirs and hydroelectric power plants. This is a practical achievement in assessing the environmental impact and biodiversity of shellfish in bodies of water.
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