Published on May 7th, 2009 | by Jake Richardson


Stephen Colbert Has New Species Named After Him


Researchers at Arizona State Univerity and the University of New Mexico have named a Venezuelan diving beetle Agaporomorphus colberti in honor of the humorist.

One of the outstanding features of the species is the genitalia of the males. “This new species is similar to members of a clade within the genus exemplified by A. knischi…and unique in having similar, extremely complicated male genitalia…”


Quentin Wheeler from ASU remarked, “Last year, Stephen shamelessly asked the science community to name something cooler than a spider to honor him. His top choices were a giant ant or a laser lion. While those would be cool species to discover, our research involves beetles, and they are ‘way cooler’ than a spider any day”.

Wheeler and Kelly Miller from UNM have named several other species in honor of Roy Orbison, Darth Vader, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld. Science currently holds there are about 500, 000 known beetle species, with perhaps 1.5 million yet to be discovered.

Because so much natural habitat is being deforested and developed, scientists face an enormous challenge in identifying, classifying and studying new species before they are driven into extinction. At the same time they conduct research, they also must alert the world to the importance of saving the species they study.

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  • Ama

    Great news! I’m so happy to find out that there is still a lot to discover in our world!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lapietra Marianne

    >>One of the outstanding features of the species is the genitalia of the males.

    I thought, when I saw the title of this article, “Whatever it is, it must have giant cojones!” I was close :) Here’s to naming more wonderful creatures in honor of Colbert – he is a treasure!

  • http://www.vpi.com David Barker

    This is a message for Jake Richardson, the author, not intended as a comment. I am unable to find a contact address for MR. Richardon. The message is simply to dirct him to the following information about Burmese pythons in the Everglades:

    I think he will find it of interest.
    Dave Barker

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    Sweet! That was the Dean of my college here at ASU who named that species after Colbert.

  • http://www.clockout.org employee clockin clockout

    it is a topical comedy show about current events. reruns dont really work. unless he moves on past the colbert report, it will be forgotten.

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