Give new species of flies Names of Marvel characters

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By CAPosts 29 July, 2020 - 01:48pm 33 views

Reuters.- Scientists Australians said on Wednesday that they had given five species of flies names that pay tribute to the Marvel universe, including one by the antihero Deadpool and one by superhero creator Stan Lee.

The 6-five flies were part of 165 discoveries named by scientists in the past year, which included two fish, three subspecies of birds and even a mite living in a lizard, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) said in one report.

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"Nombrance a species is the first step in understanding that species," explained Dr. Bryan Lessard, an entomologist at CSIRO. "Without a scientific name, these species are invisible to science."

The mosca Stan Lee was christened for its characteristic markings that resemble the sunglasses and the white moustache of the comic book titan, while the Deadpool fly has marks on its back that resemble the character's red and black mask, CSIRO said.

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"We chose the name Humorolethalis sergius," Said Lessard, referring to the soly deadpool. "It sounds like lethal humor and derives from the Latin words humorosus, which means wet, and lethalis, which means death."

The five species are thief flies, killer in the insect world, according to CSIRO. The other three are named after Marvel characters Loki, Thor, and Black Widow.

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Naming new species is fun but can also be vital to saving human lives and species, said Dr. Juanita Rodriguez, CSIRO's bee and wasp expert.

" This summer we discovered a new species of spider wasp that is only found in a very impacted area by wildfires, so we can now carefully monitor its recovery," Rodriguez said.

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" Spider wasps have venom that could be helpful in treating Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy," he added.