Science has recorded about 1.2 million species and each of them is given a unique scientific name to help scientists organize the diversity of life on our planet. Interestingly, some of these organisms are first discovered here in the Philippines and are named after our fellow Filipinos.
Moth species named after UPLB Professor
Cleora aimeelynnae, the moth species found in 2012 in Benguet was named after a Filipino entomologist from UP Los Baños, Dr. Aimee Lynn B. Dupo. Dr. Dupo is UPLB Museum of Natural History (UPLB MNH) moths and spiders curator as well as a professor at the UPLB.
Soldierfish species named after UPV Researcher
Ostichthys alamai, a species of soldierfish is not endemic to the Philippines, it can also be found in Indonesia. Collected in Iloilo, the newly discovered soldierfish was named after Ulysses B. Alama who works at the Museum of Natural Sciences (MNS), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas (UPV).
Wax plant named after Davao City Mayor
Hoya indaysarae is a type of wax plant that grows in old trees and is endemic to the Philippines. It is discovered in the Dinagat Islands of Caraga on April 23, 2017. Interestingly, this wax plant was named after the first daughter and Davao City Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio in honor of her nature conservation efforts in the area.
Coffee species named after FEU Founder
Discospermum reyesii takes its name from Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr. the founder and first president of the Far Eastern University (FEU). This coffee species was discovered by a taxonomy research team in Argao Cebu headed by Grecebio Jonathan Alejandro, FEU BS Biology graduate.
Mistletoe species named after PBCFI Executive Director
Discovered in November 2017 in Negros, Amyema lisae is a mistletoe species named after environmentalist Lisa Paguntalan. Paguntalan is the Executive Director of the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PBCFI).
Sea slug species named after diving instructor
Hypselodoris perii was named after Peri Paleracio, a Filipino dive instructor who first discovered it in Batangas. This colorful sea slug can also be found in Indonesia.
Shrub species named after Biodiversity Expert
Medinilla theresae is a cauliflorous shrub which can only be found in two Mindanao mountains, Mt. Hamiguitan (Davao Oriental) and Mt. Redondo (Dinagat Island). The unique species is named after Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, the Executive Director of the Los Baños-based ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.
Looking forward to the discovery of another species
With trillions of species that are yet to discover, we look forward to seeing another list of species named after our fellow Filipinos in recognition of their efforts in conserving our nature.
Source: Flip Science