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Zoologists have named a new species of amoeba in honor of Gandalf

Publicado em 12 fevereiro 2017

In honor of the wizard Gandalf from the books “the Hobbit, or There and back again” and “Lord of the rings” scientists have named a new species of amoeba found recently in Brazil. According to researchers, the “shell” of these animals resembles the hat of the famous character.

Color discovered species of amoeba, depending on the specific species may be in the range from pale yellow to brown, and the diameter and the height of its protective shell are 81 and 71 micrometer, respectively. This shell and reminded scientists of the hat worn by the magician, best known for the works of Dzh.R.R.Tolkien and the movies made based on these works.

Scientific article on the discovery, published in the journal Acta protozoologica is.

Fictional worlds are often inspired scientists to assign new unusual names. One of the recent cases were particularly similar to the present — in the end of last year spider found in India, scientists have named Eriovixia gryffindori in honor of the resemblance with the magic hat, allocating students of the school of wizards in a series of books by JK Rowling about Harry Potter. This hat belonged to Godric Gryffindor, one of the founders of the school. Also this year a new species of Gibbon living in the tropical forests in the South-West of China, was named after Luke Skywalker, the character of the fantastic Saga “Star wars.”

Often animals give notation and in honor of real people. For example, last month in honor of the President of the United States Donald trump was named a new species of moth — the researchers found that the scales on the insect head resemble hair at that time has not yet come into position, but an elected head of state. In honor of the precursor to Donald trump, Barack Obama, last year was named a kind of flat worms and a new kind of speckled Hawaiian fish. But experts from the University of Oviedo was recently named discovered on the coast of Havana volozaninova mollusk that can change color, in honor of the deceased in 2016 musician David Bowie.