Climate activist Greta Thunberg has become known and respected all over the world thanks to her sensitivity to climate change. The name of Greta, known for her struggle against climate change, was given to a snail species that was discovered this time.
The Taxon Expeditions company organizes scientific field trips to scientists and ordinary people, where biodiversity is intense all over the world. Many new species can also be discovered during the company’s regular field trips.
During a 10-day field trip at the company’s Kuala Belalong Field Studies Center in Brunei, participants of the trip discovered a new snail species while examining the green leaves of the trees. After the examination, it was understood that the snail is a type of snail that has not been detected before.
People who took part in the discovery voted to name the new snail species discovered. In the voting, it was decided to give the new snail species the name of the famous climate activist Greta Thunberg. With the decision made, the name of the snail species was Craspedotropis Gretathunbergae.
In addition to professional scientists, people who are interested in science as amateurs are called citizen scientists. Craspedotropis Gretathunbergae also discovered the new snail species called citizen scientists on the trip. The article on the new snail species discovered was published in the Biodiversity Data Journal.
In the published article, it was stated that the land snail discovered may be extinct due to climate change. The number of snails belonging to the Craspedotropis family, which belonged to the new species discovered, is rapidly decreasing due to deforestation and drought.
Images of the snail species named Greta Thunberg:
The wonderful @AukeFlorian made this research trailer for us, using great macro and drone footage by @RivieraMacro, to introduce to the world the new snail named in honour of @GretaThunberg pic.twitter.com/6r7vZHW5Kx
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