Sir David Attenborough’s Dragonfly

Main report: A dragonfly named Attenborough
(BBC One)
Other Reporting: Nature, Sir David's Dragonfly!, Africa Geographic, Dragonflies of Worcestershire, iNaturalist, Forbes
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa   
New Taxa: Acisoma attenboroughi
Species named for: David Attenborough
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Insects | New Species
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A newly discovered dragonfly from Madagascar has been named in honour of BDS Patron Sir David Attenborough on the occasion of his 90th birthday, and in recognition of Sir David’s lifelong devotion to championing the work of hundreds of scientists, conservation biologists and naturalists worldwide, enlightening generations of children, and inspiring the public’s love of nature.  Video of co-discover Dr. Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra’s birthday gift to Sir Attenborough.  The discovery of this dragonfly among others shows that in many cases, unknown species are thriving within human communities.

Although Attenborough’s pintail (Acisoma attenboroughi), is new to science, it a common dragonfly species on the island of Madagascar. (Credit: Erland R. Nielsen)

Although Attenborough’s pintail (Acisoma attenboroughi), is new to science, it a common dragonfly species on the island of Madagascar. (Credit: Erland R. Nielsen)

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