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The Head of Entomology at the Natural History Museum in London has named some species of SLIME BEETLE after---George W Bush: **** Cheney and Donald Rumsfield. Unfortuneately he ommited Tony Blair and Jack Straw.

BW. Bob F.
 
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I had some correspondence with Bob about that since I know the authors quite well (studying the same subject - in the wider sense). All species are of the genus Agathidium (Family Leiodidae - slime mould beetles). The sad thing is that the authors did not dedicate the species to the respective persons referring to the common name of the family but to recognize their "meritorious" deeds in US and world policy.

I have myself named about 200 new species so far and sometimes I feel obliged to dedicate a species to a renowned person (e.g. Tolkien) but it would never come to my mind to waste a new species by naming it after a politician. When I name a species after a person I usually honor the collector of the specimens on which I base the description.

Sometimes etymologies are a mirror of the time - in our museum we have the type specimens of a beetle named "Anophthalmus hitleri" (a blind cave-dwelling ground beetle, described in 1938 [sic!]).

Anyway, entomologists (taxonomists in particular) are a strange folk (me included :lol: )

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Hi Paul. Harry has been edificating me also about beetles. Something I know nothing whatsoever about.

Harry says that there are 400.000 described beetles and that they inhabit vastly different habitats. Land-underground-ice-water and just a few can live in tidal pools, otherwise the sea is not a known habitat.

Now, those people who study beetles must be a very unique group for Harry has recently married a lady who also studies beetles. So the mind boggles at their dinner table conversation. I think that he had to go all the way to Canada to find such a unique lady. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

BW. Bob F.
 

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Politics?

Press release from Cornell, where the Dr. Wheeler was a professor and member of the US Dept or Science etc etc etc.

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/April05/slime-mold.Bush.Cheney.ssl.html



Whether or not I have my doubts that this is just an honor to the people mentioned I don't want this to end up a bash Bush Administration, or Tony Blair bashing, or any other political commentary. One of the missions of the cafe was to not let our political viewpoints cloud our love for photography or our friendships with each other.

Thanks,
 
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Re: Politics?

Patrick Bramlett said:
Whether or not I have my doubts that this is just an honor to the people mentioned I don't want this to end up a bash Bush Administration, or Tony Blair bashing, or any other political commentary. One of the missions of the cafe was to not let our political viewpoints cloud our love for photography or our friendships with each other.
Patrick, thanks for the reminder! But I think it is a token of the healthy attitude of this forum that this thread did not evolve into a bashing and insulting barrage like it happens in other fora.

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