Insect Named after Barak Obama

U.S. scientists have discovered a new species of a parasitic flatworm that infects turtles in Malaysia, and named it after Barack Obama as a way of honouring the US president.

The flatworm is named as ‘Baracktrema Obamai’.

The new species was discovered by Thomas Platt, an expert on turtle parasites who recently retired from Saint Mary’s College in the state of Indiana.