The researchers have discovered a new species of fly, marked with a symbol reminiscent of the Marvel character’s dead waiter,media BGR reported. The fly’s official name is Humoralethalis sergius, but scientists have become accustomed to calling it a “dead fly”. This is one of the few names of new insect species inspired by Marvel’s characters.
For researchers at the Australian Federal Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), it is inevitable that they have referred to popular culture in naming new species. A newly discovered species of fly has been given a fairly appropriate nickname under its “color scheme”. Its name is Humoralethalis sergius, but it is referred to directly by the researchers as the “dead fly”. The fly’s color is striking red and black, and the “design” on the back is a bit like the black eye spot on the red mask. Coupled with the fly’s good at “dispatching” other insects, the dead waiter’s nickname is logical.
“The Dead Fly is an assassin with a sign on its back that resembles a death mask,” CSIRO’s Dr Bryan Lessard said in a statement. “We chose the name Humorolethalis sergius. It sounds like deadly humor, from Latin humorosus, meaning wet or wet, while lethalis means death. “
Dead flies are not the first insects to be processed by CSIRO researchers using comic books. As the team noted in a press release, they have used the Marvel universe to name several new species.
Daptolestes leei flies are known as “Stan Lee flies” because of their similarities to their sunglasses and white beards.
Daptolestes Bronteflavus is known as the “Ray the Fly”, which means “golden lightning”.
Daptolestes illusiolautus is known as the “Rocky Fly”, which means “elegant deception”.
Daptolestes feminategus are known as “black widow flies”, meaning “women in leather”.
Humorolethalis sergius is known as the “dead fly” and comes from Latin in the meaning of wet or wet and dead, and is the same as his mask markings.
But these pop-culture references are still only a fraction of the total number of new species discovered by the organization. CSIRO has discovered 151 new insects and many new plant, fish and bird species.