Scientists should not name new species after celebrities in case they fall out of favour or are 'cancelled', an expert has said.
What's he an expert in, creepy-crawlies, or PR?
In recent years, a millipede has been named after Taylor Swift, a moth after Donald Trump and a rubber frog after Sir David Attenborough. But Professor Robert Poulin, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, has said the trend should be avoided as it can lead to 'nomenclatural regret'.
He's an expert in parasitism, apparently, which gave me a chuckle...
What a place. It's clear it drives its students as mad as its professors...
He also lambasted scientists who name new bugs and creatures after their girlfriends, pets, wives, husbands and friends as 'nepotism and cronyism'.
...and, he adds, if you are going to name a creature after a scientist, try to honour women scientists as much as you honour men - as most creatures named after people are named after male.