Tachymenoides harrisonfordi

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Researchers have named a recently discovered species of snake after actor Harrison Ford.

About Tachymenoides harrisonfordi: 


  • It was discovered in May 2022 by a team of researchers from the United States, Germany and Peru.
  • It was discovered in the Peruvian Andes mountain region.
  • Appearance:
    • It measures 16 inches (40.6 centimeters) in length and is yellowish-brown with scattered black blotches, a black belly and a vertical streak over its copper-colored eye.
  • This is the third animal species to be named after Ford. Earlier, an ant (Pheidole harrisonfordi) and a spider (Calponia harrisonfordi) were named after him. 


Key facts about Andes mountain region

  • It is also called the Andes, Spanish Cordillera de los Andes or Los Andes, mountain system of South America.
  • The mountain range spans seven countries — Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
  • It consist of a vast series of extremely high plateaus surmounted by even higher peaks that form an unbroken rampart over a distance of some 8,900 kilometres
  • The highest peak of this range is Mount Aconcagua (6,959 metres) on the border of Argentina and Chile.
  • Climate
    • The northern part of the Andes is typically rainy and warm, and the weather is also wet in the eastern part of central Andes, and the area to the southwest.
    • To the west, the dry climate is dominated by the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
    • The mountains form a rain cover over the eastern plains of Argentina, which have extremely dry weather.


Q1) What is Fold mountain?

Fold mountains are a type of mountain range that forms as a result of the Earth's crust being subjected to intense pressure, causing rocks to bend, buckle, and fold. These mountains are typically characterized by long ridges and valleys, with the rocks on the surface displaying a series of folds.

Source: Why a new snake species has been named after Harrison Ford