Friday, March 8, 2019

New Beetles in Indonesia Given Star Wars Names


Coming up with as many as 103 novel names for the newly described species [of beetles] was not a particularly easy task for the researchers... While some of the weevils were best associated with their localities or characteristic morphology, others received quite curious names.

A small greenish and forest-dwelling species was aptly named after the Star Wars character Yoda, while a group of three species were named after Asterix, Obelix and Idefix - the main characters in the French comics series The Adventures of Asterix. Naturally, Trigonopterus obelix is larger and more roundish than his two 'friends'.

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