Arachnologist Peter Jager discovered a new genus of the wandering spider family and decided to name them after the late singer, David Bowie. Today in RP we tell you the reason for the decision.
The Spider David Bowie
David Bowie is without a doubt, one of the brightest stars in the musical universe. And it is that his artistic level, changes, passion and love for music are living proof of his legacy.
But in addition to his indisputable musical attributes, this week Bowie has made news for inspiring a renowned arachnologist.
Its about genus Bowie gene. nov. originally from Asia where the arachnologist of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Dr. Peter Jager, described 54 new species of spiders. The initiative comes on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the birth of the legend David Bowie.
By naming the spiders as a celebrity, the researcher makes an invitation to understand the diversity that is still largely unexplored. It also exposes the need to protect the eight-legged creatures.
“In examining species from a predominantly Asian lineage in this family, I soon realized that they could not be assigned to any pre-existing genus.” Jager noted in a statement.
But also, when scientists name species after celebrities, it is a measure to draw attention to them and their problems. But above all to encourage the conservation of the species. Which is very important because this species is already threatened.
“On the occasion of Bowie’s 75th birthday, I wanted to commemorate this incomparable artist who left us too soon, but what matters most to me here is the idea of conservation: we only protect what we know, and a catchy name is so much more.” likely to be rememberedJager concluded.
Other examples of celebrity names held by Jager for species have been Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai.
It should be noted that the wandering spider family are found mainly in the tropics, These specimens are nocturnal and live nomadically. They also hunt freely and without the need for spider webs.