A scientist in Australia is a huge Pokemon fan. And as the franchise celebrates its milestone 25th Anniversary, that scientist named three newly discovered beetle species after the original three legendary birds. Of course, these are Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
The three new species are under the beetle genus Binburrum. They were discovered in Southern Australia, and all three species sport bright colours. Their new official scientific names are Binburrum articuno, Binburrum moltres, and Binburrum zapdos. While all three look nothing like their namesakes, Binburrum zapdos does have the same coloration as the Electric/Flying Legendary Pokemon, sporting the same black and yellow colours.
And like their namesakes, these beetles are also quite hard to find. Like Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, all three insects appear to be quite rare. Entomologists Darren Pollock and Yun Hsiao, who captured the specimens, stated that they only found a small number of these beetles in the wild. The rarity of these bugs led the scientists to name them after the Legendary Pokemon, as they were also hard to find.
According to Forbes Magazine, these aren’t the first animals named after Pokemon.
A wasp called Stentorceps weedlei was named after Weedle, also known as The Bug Pokemon, because both have pointy spines in the middle of their heads. A bee species is called Chilicola charizard, for less intuitively obvious reasons. Elsewhere in the animal kingdom, a pterosaur species is officially Aerodactylus scolopaciceps, while a mammalian ancestor called a dicynodont is called Bulbasaurus phylloxyron in honor of its bulbous snout, and the species name “phylloxyron” translates to “razor leaf,” one of Bulbasaur’s trademark attacks.
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