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Local Flair in Species Names: Scientific Creativity"



  Mar 11, 2024

Scientists Incorporate Local Flair into Species Names



In a move that blends scientific discovery with cultural heritage, Indian scientists are breaking traditional naming conventions by naming new species after local cultures, communities, and characteristics. This approach not only honors indigenous knowledge but also aims to strengthen the connection between local populations and conservation efforts. By incorporating regional and cultural references into the scientific names of species, researchers hope to enhance public involvement and awareness in preserving biodiversity.

Kumbara Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus kumbara): Named for its unique breeding habit resembling pottery work, discovered in Kathalekan, Karnataka by Gururaja K.V. and team.

Karaavali Skittering Frog (Euphlyctis karaavali): Named after the coastal region of Karnataka, Karaavali, where it was found, noted for its call resembling a white-throated kingfisher.

Tunga Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus tunga): Discovered in the Tunga river's catchment area, it highlights the importance of local ecosystems in species discovery.

Meghamalai Silverline (Cigaritis meghamalaiensis): A butterfly species named after the Meghamalai hills in the Western Ghats, emphasizing regional identity in conservation efforts.

Sphaerotheca varshaabhu: A frog species discovered near Bengaluru, named for its rainy emergence, inspired by Sanskrit literature, emphasizing the impact of urban expansion on local biodiversity.

Stauroneis lepchae: A diatom species discovered in Sikkim, named to honor the Lepcha tribe, showcasing the role of indigenous knowledge in scientific research.
Tamil Yeoman (Cirrochroa thais): Officially named Maravam in Tamil, became the state butterfly of Tamil Nadu, underlining the connection between cultural heritage and biodiversity conservation.

These naming conventions not only enrich taxonomic practices by incorporating local culture and geography but also foster community engagement and conservation awareness.


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