Newly Discovered Species Named for President Obama (updated 12-26-16)

Main report: A Fish Called Obama—Newly Discovered Species Named for President
(National Geographic News )
Other Reporting: One Species a Day
Scientific Paper:    
New Taxa: Tosanoides obama
Species named for: President Obama
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Fish | New Species
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The species was discovered 300 feet deep, on June 5, 2016, during a research trip to Kure, the world’s northernmost atoll.  The species name and description was published Dec 2016.

“It is the one fish known to live only within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a pristine expanse of coral reefs and seamounts home to millions of seabirds, endangered turtles, endangered monk seals, and more than 7,000 species. So scientists thought it only fitting to name this fish after President Barack Obama, who dramatically expanded Papahānaumokuākea, creating the largest swath of protected land or water on Earth, an area roughly twice the size of Texas. ”

National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Sylvia Earle presented the Hawaii-born Obama with a framed plaque of his new namesake marine species while the President was visiting Midway Atoll following his expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Photo by Richard Pyle

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