earlier this week President Obama had a parasite named after him. This would possibly seem a little bit harsh, but it’s really an honor to have anything within the realm of science and nature named after you. And this isn’t the first time his identify has been given to a parasitic creature!
In April 2012 he earned his first honor by the use of a hairworm discovered in Kenya, birthplace of Obama’s father. Our President has now lent his identify to a tiny flatworm present in Malaysia. The blood fluke, referred to as B. obamai, resides in the blood vessels of the lungs of freshwater turtles.
final yr biologist and turtle knowledgeable Thomas Platt found out the parasite and under no circumstances intended this as an insult when he selected to use Obama’s title. Platt has named some of the species he’s found out after household, chums, and even colleagues. He instructed the press he frequently makes use of the names of individuals he greatly admires, therefore the President.
Obama has long been an suggest for conservation and dedicated to science, research, and STEM programs. on this neighborhood having an organism named after you is reasonably an achievement.
Digging further I discovered the President has had several discovered species named after him. What a compliment! beneath you find all the amazing critters he’s lent his iconic identify to.
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