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New fish species named after Obama
Mother Nature Network ^ | Sun, Dec 02 2012 at 5:24 PM EST | Russell McClendon

Posted on 12/02/2012 6:36:13 PM PST by Red Steel

The species, formally known as 'Etheostoma obama,' is one of five newly discovered fish that scientists have named after a U.S. president or VP.

President Obama may not have won many Southeastern states in his recent re-election, but he did make waves across the Republican-leaning region. And thanks to two scientists from Georgia and Missouri, his Southern profile is still growing — although some of his flashiest new acolytes don't have a clue who he is.

That's because they're fish, one of five new species found by ecologist Steve Layman of Geosyntec Consultants and biologist Rick Mayden of Saint Louis University. All five are darters, a small, speedy perch living in rivers and creeks around North America. Nearly 200 species are known to science, from the abundant rainbow darter to more obscure varieties that exist only in a single stream. The males' colorful stripes, spots and speckles form distinctive patterns that help scientists identify species.

The researchers decided to name each of the newfound darters after a U.S. president or vice president with environmental cred, and the first name on their list was Obama. Thus, the spangled darter — a 2-inch Tennessee native whose males have vivid orange, blue and green scales — will be Etheostoma obama from now on. As Layman and Mayden tell Scientific American, Obama earned the honor by taking a more holistic approach to ecological issues than most of his predecessors.

"We chose President Obama for his environmental leadership, 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," the researchers said. Aside from Obama, Layman and Mayden named the other darters after three presidents and a VP who are also known for making conservation a priority: Theodore Roosevelt (Etheostoma teddyroosevelt), Jimmy Carter (E. jimmycarter), Bill Clinton (E. clinton) and Al Gore (E. gore).

None of the new fish are thought to be endangered, but darters' small habitats often provide little buffer against ecological changes. E. obama, for example, seems to live mainly on two rivers in Tennessee, and while its population may be healthy now, it could be threatened by anything from leaking gas or coal ash to a drought, flood, or fertilizer runoff. Still, Layman reassures Scientific American there's "currently no concern about the population numbers in the wild of these five new species."

As rare of an honor as it is to become the eponym for an entire species, this isn't Obama's first taxonomic rodeo. In 2009, his name was also bestowed to a previously unknown species of lichen. "I named it Caloplaca obamae to show my appreciation for the president's support of science and science education," researcher Kerry Knudsen of University of California-Riverside said in a press release at the time.


TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: fish; obama

1 posted on 12/02/2012 6:36:16 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
Bottom feeder?

CC

2 posted on 12/02/2012 6:39:49 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: Red Steel

Must be a bottom feeder. Or a parasite. Or bisexual..maybe all of those.


3 posted on 12/02/2012 6:39:49 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Red Steel

Must be a bottom feeder. Or a parasite. Or bisexual..maybe all of those.


4 posted on 12/02/2012 6:40:00 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Red Steel

What idiots.

If they were my neighbors I’d shun them.

Wait a minute. IO didn’t check before posting. Have I been Semmens’d?


5 posted on 12/02/2012 6:40:00 PM PST by x1stcav (Breathe deep the gathering gloom.)
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To: Red Steel
Bottom feeder?

CC

6 posted on 12/02/2012 6:40:24 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: x1stcav

It’s the real deal. Obama the fish.


7 posted on 12/02/2012 6:42:06 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Sucker fish?. Steelhead destroying everything in its path?

Honestly, these enviro whacks nauseated me almost as much as Zerofish.


8 posted on 12/02/2012 6:42:21 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Oldexpat

“Must be a bottom feeder...”

LOL!!


9 posted on 12/02/2012 6:43:27 PM PST by albie
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To: Red Steel

E. Obama? Really? Sounds like a nasty bacteria...much more fitting.


10 posted on 12/02/2012 6:44:26 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Red Steel

Rotenone will take clean it out.


11 posted on 12/02/2012 6:44:26 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Red Steel

The fish rots from the head.

(The jokes will write themselves)


12 posted on 12/02/2012 6:46:41 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: Red Steel

A fish won’t do anything, but swim in a brook.
He can’t write his name or read a book.
To fool the people is his only thought,
And though he’s slippery, he still gets caught.
But then if that sort of life is what you wish,
You may grow up to be a fish.
—Johnny Burke


13 posted on 12/02/2012 6:47:52 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!)
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To: Red Steel

Are there fish which, far from sucking, instead wish to BE sucked...?


14 posted on 12/02/2012 6:49:13 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Red Steel; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon

Oh, look -- it's ... colored.

15 posted on 12/02/2012 6:50:47 PM PST by martin_fierro (Hakers gonna Hake)
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To: gaijin

That nearly caused the arrival of vomit. LOL!


16 posted on 12/02/2012 6:52:25 PM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Red Steel

A mighty fishy story, me thinks.

Darters? Huh? How much trouble and unemployment has the Snail Darter in California caused?

I say let’s have a national fish-fry and solve the Darter problem once and all. Eat all of them so that we won’t have to waste time and money on their existence.

One thing though: I thought a major fish had already been named after Bill Clinton - The Blowfish, or was it the Sperm Whale?

Same for Al Gore - The Blowfish (you ever seen one inflated? Looks just like Al (and Michael Moore). Nasty set of teeth and attitude.

Jimmy Carter has a fish named after him - The Clown Fish.

Obama should have a Cuttlefish named after him because they can change their color to fit in with any environment. On land he should have a Chameleon named after him.

Hillary has a reptile named after her - The Gila Monster.

Michele Obama has the Stargazer named after her. A bottom-dwelling predator with a nasty set of teeth and attitude to match.

Pelosi - The Scorpion Fish - poisonous to the Nth.

Harry Reid - easy - The Octopus, full of poisonous ink (The Blue Ring Octopus), lots of arms so that he can dip them into a lot of money-making ventures at the taxpayers’ expense, and a sharp beak to bite you with.

In fact, the whole Democratic Congress is like a swimming pool full of dead fish - smells like hell, will kill you if you try to eat them, and serve no purpose in life.

Now, about Helen Thomas.


17 posted on 12/02/2012 6:53:19 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Red Steel

**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**


18 posted on 12/02/2012 6:54:32 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: Red Steel

I was expecting some new species of Myxine.


19 posted on 12/02/2012 6:54:53 PM PST by Redcloak (Winter is coming.)
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To: Red Steel
but RAT Fish is already taken...
20 posted on 12/02/2012 6:55:01 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Red Steel

bottom feeding suckers.....


21 posted on 12/02/2012 6:56:04 PM PST by Nifster
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To: gaijin

Actually, while Obama has a fish named after him,
Obama voters are named after a fish. That would be
a sucker.


22 posted on 12/02/2012 6:57:29 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Helen Thomas = stonefish. Ugliest thing you’ve ever seen and poisonous to boot.


23 posted on 12/02/2012 6:59:09 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Celtic Conservative

Look! Its dorsal fin is like his logo. Yuck.


24 posted on 12/02/2012 6:59:54 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Celtic Conservative

And all the followers are Sucker Fish!


25 posted on 12/02/2012 7:00:02 PM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
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To: Red Steel

I swear I thought this was an article from The Onion


26 posted on 12/02/2012 7:00:40 PM PST by Wisconsinlady ("Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves")
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To: martin_fierro

Lol. As Sarah would say...we call that BAIT!


27 posted on 12/02/2012 7:03:14 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Red Steel

It’s NOT a Blowfish!?


28 posted on 12/02/2012 7:04:52 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Sivad
Obama voters are named after a fish.

They took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

29 posted on 12/02/2012 7:07:30 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: martin_fierro; Red Steel; Charles Henrickson

Obama as The Incredible Mr. Limpet

30 posted on 12/02/2012 7:08:18 PM PST by mikrofon (Another Fish Tale)
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To: EinNYC

Oh, you’ve met Thomas? Sounds like the perfect description of her.

The nastiest female journalist I met decades ago on the Hill was Mary mcGrory. Gave Leprosy a good name.

We forgot to name a fish after Debbie Wasserman-Schulz (Putz). Let’s see: how about the Google-Eyed Siamese fish?

Maxine Waters definitely is related to the Sea Slug family. Slimey, poisonous and bottom-dwelling.

Roseanne Barr - The Hollywood ORCA, or is that her evil twin Rosie O’Donnell? Put them together and you’d have a pod of Orcas. Feel sorry for any fish in front of them.


31 posted on 12/02/2012 7:21:11 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Red Steel

...but, it ain't got no big, old ears.

32 posted on 12/02/2012 7:22:44 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Red Steel

Next up, the Sea of Obama, Mt. Obama, Obamagrad...


33 posted on 12/02/2012 7:49:57 PM PST by Argus
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To: Celtic Conservative
What an honor!!


34 posted on 12/02/2012 7:55:38 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Red Steel

“Species” Magazine recently announced that a newly discovered Kenyan porcine tapeworm will be named after Baraq.


35 posted on 12/02/2012 8:02:23 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: martin_fierro

36 posted on 12/02/2012 8:02:45 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: martin_fierro

2”...


37 posted on 12/02/2012 8:15:12 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Red Steel

TEDDY Roosevelt?

It’s the other Roosevelt who was the screaming liberal.


38 posted on 12/02/2012 8:26:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Teddy went after Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and Rockefeller. Ted won.


39 posted on 12/02/2012 8:29:14 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Argus

“Obamagrad...”
Oh My God...


40 posted on 12/02/2012 8:34:04 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: eyedigress

Piker compared to Franklin who went after all the gold in the USA. Literally.


41 posted on 12/02/2012 8:37:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: garjog

42 posted on 12/02/2012 8:38:27 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Not really. Any moron that gave up gold coins back then was very stupid.


43 posted on 12/02/2012 8:46:07 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Red Steel

Some sort of Slimey Mackerel?

Mel


44 posted on 12/02/2012 9:05:28 PM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: Oldexpat
Must be a bottom feeder. Or a parasite. Or bisexual..maybe all of those.

How about an invasive species like the Asian carp, zebra mussel or snakehead.

45 posted on 12/02/2012 10:24:54 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: martin_fierro

“Oh, look — it’s ... colored.”

A half breed just like obama!


46 posted on 12/02/2012 10:32:08 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Red Steel

blow fish


47 posted on 12/02/2012 11:53:05 PM PST by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: Red Steel

latches on and drinks the blood of the living?


48 posted on 12/03/2012 12:41:51 AM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: Red Steel

Probably appropriate...
Darters usually live in very shallow water, which reminds me of the typical Obama voter upon whose shallowness Obama depends.


49 posted on 12/03/2012 12:58:08 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Red Steel

there’s a fish named after obama voters..it’s called SUCKER!~


50 posted on 12/03/2012 4:39:04 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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