Skip to comments.New insect named after Tolkien character
Posted on 01/21/2007 2:05:24 PM PST by maquiladora
Spanish scientists have discovered a new invertebrate insect in certain caves of Castellon province, which they have baptized Gollumjapyx Smeagol in honour of JRR Tolkien who created the character in his 'The Lord of The Rings' trilogy.
The new animal is of exterior origin, but has adapted to permanent living inside caves. The new invertebrate has all the properties of a subterranean insect: its skin has no pigment, and it has extraordinarily large antennae, six feet and measures two centimeters in length.
According to Vicente Ortuño, the first examples of this new species were found some 25 years ago, but the recent investigations undertaken in caves in the provinces of Castellon and Tarragona have enabled more data to be compiled.
Professor Ortuño added that there was a certain tradition to name subterranean species after mythological characters, "but in this case we referred to modern mythology."
The Prof would be proud :o)
"My speciesssss. . . ."
Those ARE large antennae!
Mrs Gollumjapyx Smeagol is a happy gal.
"and they doesn't taste very nice, do they precious?"
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WOW, oh wait they're all invertebrates.
You can keep my name on the Ring-Ping list until Mordor falls!
(Does Smeagol like it? Is it tasssty, Precious?) I'm glad it was an insect named after Gollum...
[I'm in the last chapter of Book V, Return of the King. For probably the 40th time. Or more. I always notice something "new" with each reading. And yes, I have the extended version of the movies, which I finished watching again in December!]
Always thought Gollum was a slimy critter! ;o)
Thanks for the headsup
You Go Gollum!