From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Nelloptodes gretae
Mains level : Not Much
- Between 1964 and 1965, an entomologist called William Brock collected samples of soil from around east Africa.
- Inside one of these samples, taken in Kenya and stored in the British Natural History Museum until now, was a tiny species of beetle, pale yellow and gold.
- Measuring just 0.79 millimetres, the beetle has no eyes or wings, with a small pit between where the eyes should have been.
- The species has just got a name Nelloptodes gretae, after the teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg.
What’s behind the name?
- Biological names comprise two words, one for the genus and the second for the species.
- Traditionally, it is the species name that scientists coin to honour a prominent personality, and sometimes even a friend or a relative.
- While the species name gretae derives from Greta, the genus Nelloptodes too is new.