Gallery: A Fish Named Obama – to Honor the President


Etheostoma obama, a new species described by Mayden and Layman. Copyright: Joseph R. Tomelleri

There’s nothing fishy about naming a new species of fish after the President of the United States, especially since he’s not the only one. Researchers discovered five new species of darter that navigate the bottom of fast moving freshwater streams and rivers in Alabama and Tennessee and named all but one of them after past and present presidents; another was named after former Vice President Al Gore. Why? To honor their environmental record, of course.

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