Another animal, a parasitic flatworm, named after President Obama

Main report: Parasitologist bestows squirmy honor on his distant cousin, President Obama
(Los Angeles Times)
Other Reporting: Times of Israel, Wikipedia, CBS News, CBS News
Scientific Paper: Journal of Parasitology   
New Taxa: Baracktrema obamai
Species named for: US President Barak Obama
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Invertebrates | New Species

Baracktrema obamai is a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles’ blood.  A new study officially names the 2-inch, hair-thin creature after Obama.  Scientists have also named a fish (Etheostoma obama), a trapdoor spider (Aptostichus barackobamai), a lichen species (Caloplaca obamae) and an extinct insect-eating lizard (Obamadon gracilis) after the current commander in chief.

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