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Professor discovers new species of beetles, names them after three legendary Pokémon birds

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A professor named three new species of beetles in Australia after the Pokemon the legendary birds of the Articuno franchise, Moltres and Zapdos. University of Eastern New Mexico, Dr Darren Pollock and Yun Hsiao collaborated on an article to document the beetle’s discovery and describe the new species for an upcoming third edition of “Australian Beetles”. The duo examined the specimens and decided to officially name them Binburrum articuno, Binburrum zapdos, and Binburrum moltres after Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.

Pokémon fan and Ph.D. student Yun came up with the idea of ​​naming beetles after legendary birds because he wanted the nicknames to refer to the scarcity of species that only have a few specimens. Granted, beetles are not as brightly colored as their lively namesakes, but they are described as “distinct” because they have a very slight variation in color between them.

Image Credit: Dr Darren Pollock / Yun Hsiao.

Much like the legendary Pokemon birds, the beetle trio can be easily identified from each other. Binburrum articuno (far left) has a silvery brown coloration on its body and wings, while Binburrum moltres (middle) has a very distinct two-tone coloration with a golden upper half and a black lower half, and the Binburrum zapdos (right ) has black wings with a golden prothorax between its body and head.

“Yun says he was an aspiring Pokémon trainer when he was young, and therefore, due to the scarcity of specimens of the three new species, he suggested that we name them after the three legendary bird Pokémon,” he said. explained Pollock. “I thought it was a great idea, and therefore, the new species that were unveiled to the world in 2020 are Binburrum articuno, Binburrum moltres and Binburrum zapdos.”

Pollock stressed the importance of naming a species and choosing a name that has not been used before to differentiate specimens. He also indicated that more new species of the same genus have been discovered since the article’s publication and that they may have referred back to their Pocket Monster Pokedex to assign even more Pokemon names to the insects.Significantly, this study emerged in the year of Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, the celebrations are expected to continue through the rest of 2021. The Pokemon Company has already shared some incredible news, including brand new game reveals and details of New Pokemon Snap. There have also been announcements for Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl and the open world Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Adele Ankers is a freelance entertainment journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.

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