Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish climate activist, is making a splash on the global stage by raising awareness of the many devastating climate issues facing the planet,media CNET reported. A team of researchers paid tribute to her efforts by named a newly discovered snail after her.
A team of Expedition Taxe scientists and citizen scientists discovered a new species of snail called Craspedotropis Gretathunbergae during a research trip to Borneo. The team published its description of the snail in the Journal of The Nations data on Thursday.
Scientists believe the name is particularly appropriate given the potential vulnerability of snails to the effects of climate change. “The newly described snails belong to the so-called caenogastropods, a group of terrestrial snails sensitive to drought, extreme temperatures and forest degradation,” said Menno Schilthuizen, co-founder of Taxon and a snail expert. “
The researchers reported in the paper that they had contacted Thunberg through a mutual friend and learned that she was “delighted” to name the snail after her.
JP Lim, who discovered the snail, said: “The name of this snail after Greta Thunberg is our way of acknowledging that her generation will be responsible for solving the problems they have not created. It’s a promise that people of all ages will join her. “