CC BY 4.0 Craspedotropis gretathunbergae, named after the Swedish activist. (Photo: Pierre Escoubas) The Swedish activist is ‘delighted’ that the new-to-science species will bear her name. Sure, sure … multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations, winning the a Right Livelihood Award, and being named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year" are all kind of cool. Not to mention leading a global movement and galvanizing millions of people to start taking the climate crisis seriously. But it’s hard to top this: A group of citizen scientists discovered an unknown species of land snail in the rainforest of Borneo and named it Craspedotropis gretathunbergae in honor of climate activist Greta Thunberg. The group was on a research field trip at Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre in Brunei with scientists from Taxon Expeditions, a company that organizes field courses which pair scientists with the science-curious. The snails were discovered near the research field station at the bottom of a steep hill-slope, next to a river bank. "The newly described snail belongs to the so-called caenogastropods, a group of land snails known to be sensitive to drought, temperature extremes and forest degradation," says snail expert and co-founder of Taxon Expeditions, Dr. Menno Schilthuizen. The […]


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