A Scientist Is Selling the Right To Name His Newly-Discovered Moth On eBay

Brown MothAn entomologist has decided to use eBay to auction off the naming rights for a newly-discovered species of moth. When a new species is discovered, the honor of naming it goes to whoever found it. However, Eric H. Metzler, an entomologist from the Wedge Entomological Foundation, decided to ask Western National Parks Association—who funded some of his research—to start an online auction and take the proceeds.

“It’s getting harder and harder to get funding to do this research because it’s not seen as a priority in the way it used to be, even though it’s fundamental to our understanding of biodiversity,” says Paolo Viscardi, a curator at University College London’s Grant Museum. “Any mechanism where you can raise more funds to continue your work is taken—so I guess [auctioning of the naming rights] is another way to fund your research.” Source: Slashdot

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2 Responses to A Scientist Is Selling the Right To Name His Newly-Discovered Moth On eBay

  1. Phil Krause says:

    I bet it ends up being called, ‘the blooming jester’, or the ‘Brown moth’.

  2. alfy says:

    Yes, Phil, or even better, Maureenia lipmannii.

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