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Introducing the 'Obama-fish'
http://news.mongabay.com ^ | 11-30-2012 | Staff

Posted on 11/30/2012 2:47:57 PM PST by Red Badger

Scientists have named five newly discovered fish after former and current U.S. political leaders, including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Teddy Roosevelt, reports the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and Scientific American.

The fish were formerly described earlier this month in the journal the Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

The fish are all species of darter, a group that is found widely in the United States. The species were identified after research on the Speckled Darter (Etheostoma stigmaeum) concluded that it could be divided into nine separate species, five of which are now named after U.S. leaders. These include the Spangled Darter (Etheostoma obama) from Tennessee; the Cumberland Darter (Etheostoma gore) and the Bluegrass Darter (Etheostoma jimmycarter) from Tennessee and Kentucky; the Highland Darter (Etheostoma teddyroosevelt) from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma; and the Beaded Darter (Etheostoma clinton) from Arkansas.

The researchers — Steve Layman at Geosyntec Consultants in Kennesaw, Georgia and Rick Mayden at Saint Louis University in Missouri — say they named the species after leaders they believe demonstrated environmental leadership and commitment.

CITATION: Steven Layman and Richard Mayden. 2012. Morphological diversity and phylogenetics of the darter subgenus Doration (Percidae: Etheostoma), with descriptions of five new species. Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History Number 30:1-83.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
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The Spangled Darter (Etheostoma obama) from Tennessee is named after President Barack Obama. Illustration by Joe Tomelleri

Distribution of nine darter species in the subgenus Doration, including five new species of darters named after U.S. presidents and vice president (Etheostoma obama, E. gore, E. teddyroosevelt, E. jimmycarter, and E. clinton).

1 posted on 11/30/2012 2:48:02 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

As I said on another thread, this is an alien invasive species...and should be eliminated from our land.


2 posted on 11/30/2012 2:49:35 PM PST by livius
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To: Red Badger

I think my cat would like to eat one of those Spangled Darters while I sit back and smile and imagine.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 2:51:38 PM PST by trailboss800
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To: Red Badger

The Clinton species is misnamed, it’s not bent.


4 posted on 11/30/2012 2:53:20 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Red Badger

Cold-blooded scaley small-brained bottom feeders?


5 posted on 11/30/2012 2:53:22 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Red Badger

The first gay darter?


6 posted on 11/30/2012 2:54:35 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Red Badger

clinton fish: dark blue with white spots; stalks younger female fish; eats smaller fish and pretends it didn’t

gore fish: hyper-sensitive to environment, easily startled by natural phenomena (thinking they are artificially caused)

obozo fish: least intelligent fish in the lakes but watches how other fish act and copies; has others catch food, then eats it; steals food from larger fish and gives to fish in its school


7 posted on 11/30/2012 2:57:29 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: Red Badger
This is an endemic and epidemic disease.

How in the world do you cleanse academia of this poison?

8 posted on 11/30/2012 2:57:29 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Red Badger

Something is fishy in DC...


9 posted on 11/30/2012 2:58:28 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Red Badger

Judging by the name of these fish, I’m guessing they’re all bottom feeders.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 3:01:16 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: Red Badger

This fish is identified by the mile long crap chain floating behind it.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 3:02:38 PM PST by austinaero
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To: Red Badger
Very offensive to darters, they are nice fish, perhaps the nicest native American fish!

What is needed is a new species of a tarantula or a leech, Hirudo obama would sound so nice! (Hirudo medicinalis is the common leech). Any biologist on Free Republic to do the necessary work?

12 posted on 11/30/2012 3:03:57 PM PST by mvonfr
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To: Red Badger
E. obama was named after Barack Obama, for his work "...particularly in the areas of clean energy and environmental protection, and because he is one of our first leaders to approach conservation and environmental protection from a more global vision," according to one of the scientists, Steve Layman, who named the new species

Wiki

Oh how precious…

13 posted on 11/30/2012 3:16:04 PM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Red Badger
Obama-fish voters.


14 posted on 11/30/2012 3:22:51 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Red Badger
Sorry but this is the true Obama fish.........a sea lamphrey:


15 posted on 11/30/2012 3:26:27 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Red Badger

Wow...never in my did I think I would one day be able to say

Here grandson, let me help you hook that obamafish for you...

Yeah I know he a slippery and slimy but the big mouth bass love him...as baitfish...


16 posted on 11/30/2012 3:27:49 PM PST by JZoback
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To: Red Badger

Wow...never in my Life did I think I would one day be able to say

Here grandson, let me help you hook that obamafish for you...

Yeah I know he a slippery and slimy but the big mouth bass love him...as baitfish...


17 posted on 11/30/2012 3:28:10 PM PST by JZoback
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To: Red Badger; SunkenCiv
Any biologist on Free Republic to do the necessary work?
(Ichthyology ;) SCIENCE PING!

18 posted on 11/30/2012 3:28:18 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: Red Badger
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Now, for the "First Lady" fish ...
19 posted on 11/30/2012 3:30:54 PM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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20 posted on 11/30/2012 3:38:17 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

I ‘m surprised that it is not a species of flounder.


21 posted on 11/30/2012 3:54:53 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: reg45

(..flounder-ing...)

22 posted on 11/30/2012 4:02:04 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Red Badger

Bottom feeder.


23 posted on 11/30/2012 4:12:58 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Red Badger

Bait fish.


24 posted on 11/30/2012 4:21:58 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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