Over a period of four years, myself and a couple of friends have been looking for certain species of fish in the Western Ghats.
One we have found is Neolissichilus wynaadensis, a type of copper mahseer, or Katli. It is listed as Red Book critically endangered and according to Jayaram, is only to be found in one river in Kerala.
We have found two separate, thriving populations in rivers in Karnataka. Despite lots of effort, we cannot find anyone who finds this particularly interesting. Where do we go from here?
Here's the fish: