What’s in a name? Meet the newest snail species – you won’t guess who it’s named after!

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Which part(s) of these two words to do you recognise? Craspedotropis gretathunbergae

That’s right! Greta Thunberg!

Why is her name part of these other unpronounceable words? 

A new species of snails was discovered in the Borneo rainforest in Brunei on the island of Borneo, by a group of scientists and regular people (lay people). The group, on an adventure tour with Taxon Expeditions decided to name this species of snail after Greta Thunberg because she is doing so much to draw our attention to the global climate change issue. This kind of snail is apparently known to go extinct with the change to hotter, drier weather.


Written by Sunaina Murthy.