Naming of Glycera sheikhmujibi: NSTU Researcher Dr Belal's replies

  • 29 May
  • 06:47 AM

S Ahmed Fahim, NSTU Correspondent 29 May, 20

Dr Md. Belal Hossain, associate professor of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Science at Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU) has discovered new species of invertebrate animals (glycerid polychaete) from Noakhali Coastal Region of Bangladesh and he named it "Glycera sheikhmujibi " to commemorate the contribution of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the independence of Bangladesh and research sector of Bangladesh.

After publishing this news , some misconceptions arised in the social media about this new species naming. To clear about the misconceptions, Dr Belal described about it.

Dr Belal said, a taxonomist very respectfully names a new species after a person. This is a sign of showing love / gift. Around the world 97% animals are invertebrates and as they are small in size,it is difficult to discover. Insect / Polychaete are those who have a lot of hair on their body. There is a rule in America that if a species is to be named after someone, the discoverer has to pay 5-15 thousand dollars. We have named the discovered new species after Bangabandhu and naming of species after famous persons are happened in previous times.

Dr Belal also mentioned some namings of invertebrate animals which are named after famous persons. These are : Anelosimus nelsoni ( Nelson Mandela), Mandelia Valdés & Gosliner, 1999 (Nelson Mandela), Munidopsis mandelai (Nelson Mandela), Lincolna Girault, 1940 (Abraham Lincoln),Heterospilus reagani (Ronald Reagan), Heterospilus washingtoni (George Washington), Arianops clintoni (Bill Clinton), Paragordius obamai (Barack Obama), Aptostichus barackobamai(Barack Obama),Baracktrema obamai (Barack Obama)
Desmopachria barackobamai (Barack Obama), Lasioglossum obamai (Barack Obama), Agathidium bushi (George W. Bush), Neopalpa donaldtrumpi (Donald Trump), Arianops carteri (Jimmy Carter),Kingnites diamondi (King Diamond),Aegomorphus wojtylai(Pope John Paul II Wojtyła), Buddhaites Diener 1895 (Buddha)
Dalailama Staudinger, 1896 ( Dalai Lama), Acisoma attenboroughi - Invertebrate (David Attenborough, National treasure UK), Goetheana shakespearei (William Shakespeare), Homeryon (Homer), Arcticalymene jonesi (Steve Jones), Eristalis gatesi (Bill Gates)
Mesoparapylocheles michaeljacksoni (Michael Jackson), Aleiodes gaga (Lady Gaga), Aleiodes shakirae (Shakira), Aptostichus angelinajolieae (Angelina Jolie), Echiniscus madonnae (Madonna).