Spider species named after Tukaram Omble
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New Spider Species Named After Mumbai Terror Attack Martyr Tukaram Omble

June 29, 2021

One spider species, of the two new species discovered in Maharashtra, has been named after Mumbai Police Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble.

Tukaram Omble was killed during the 26/11 terror attacks of 2008.

The new species has been named ‘Icius Tukarami', which first appeared in a research paper.

Parveen Kaswan, Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, posted a picture with the spider on the left and the officer it has been named after on the right.

"So much nature yet to explore and a good way to pay respect to a martyr. A new species of jumping spider is documented Icius Tukarami from Maharashtra. Named after the martyr Tukaram by researchers,” he tweeted.

In a subsequent tweet, he said that the second species of the jumping spider was called Phintella cholkei.

“This species is distributed in Thane and Aarey Milk Colony in Mumbai. Great find and documentation,” he added.

The tweet soon went viral and several Twitterati paid homage to the slain police officer.

It may be mentioned here that the Indian government posthumously honoured Omble, on 26 January 2009, with the Ashoka Chakra – India's highest peace-time gallantry award for extraordinary bravery and valour in the line of duty.

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