Three species of sea slugs identified, one named for Barack Obama

Main report: Marine Biologists Discover Three New Species of Sea Slugs
(Sci-News)
Other Reporting: Diver.net, Sea Slugs of Hawaii, Cal State LA
Scientific Paper: Marine Biodiversity   
New Taxa: Placida brookae, Placida kevinleei, Placida barackobamai
Species named for: Kevin Lee, Brook Peterson, President Barak Obama
Categories: Celebrity Taxa | Invertebrates | New Species
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A team of researchers led by California State University’s Professor Patrick Krug has discovered three cryptic new species of sea slugs.  The three new species were previously considered to be the same as a species known as Placida cremoniana from the Mediterranean.  One of them is named after former U.S. President Barack Obama, to honor his dramatic expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, as well as his administration’s commitment to fighting global climate change.  The two other species are named to honor diver-photographers.  Photographic records and literature reports suggest that additional species may occur in the Indian Ocean, tropical Australia, and Caribbean.

Placida barackobamai McCarthy, Krug & Valdes, 2017

 

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