Newly discovered beetle species named after Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio achieved recognition within his profession with an Oscar for the best actor in 2015 for “The Revenant”, but now his efforts in favor of the environment have earned him an honor that few can boast: giving his name to a newly discovered beetle.

It is a water beetle, according to the journal ZooKeys, which points out that this “tribute marks the twentieth anniversary of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and its efforts in favor of the preservation of biodiversity.”

The Grouvellinus leonardodicaprio was discovered in a waterfall in the Maliau basin (Malaysia) during a field expedition organized by a company dedicated to scientific study trips for people without this type of training in order to find unknown species.

The expedition identified three species of water beetles that are new to science, and both travelers and staff at the Maliau Basin Studies Center voted to call it DiCaprio in tribute to the actor’s efforts to protect wild areas.


American Actor Leonardo Dicaprio

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, according to its website, is dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of all the inhabitants of the Earth and supports innovative projects that protect wildlife vulnerable to extinction, while restoring the balance of ecosystems and threatened communities.

This is not the first time that a famous person has lended his name to a species, although it is usually done due to the appearance of the animal.

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There is the Neopalpa donaltrumpi moth, in which its discoverer, the biologist Vazrick Nazari, saw a similarity with the president of the United States, Donald Trump, for the yellow scales on its head that reminded him of the politician’s hairstyle.


Neopalpa donaltrumpi/wikimedia commons

In addition, the smallest fly in the world, discovered in the Brazilian Amazon, bears the name of Megapropodiphora Arnoldi, in reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger, bodybuilder, actor and politician.

That fly has very large forelegs compared to its body and its discoverer, the American entomologist Brian Brown, said when he published his discovery that as soon as he saw “those bulging legs” he knew he had to name it in honor of Arnold Schwarzenegger. “

Angie Mahecha

Angie Mahecha, an Engineering Student at the University of Central Florida, is originally from Colombia but has been living in Florida for the past 10 Years.