A newly discovered species of snail has been named after teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, scientists announced in a new study.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg told a World Economic Forum panel that activists were demanding an end to all investment in fossil fuel exploration.
The critter, which was discovered in Brunei on the island of Borneo, now has the scientific name Craspedotropis gretathunbergae.
“The newly described snail belongs to the so-called caenogastropods, a group of land snails known to be sensitive to drought, temperature extremes and forest degradation,” snail expert and study lead author Menno Schilthuizen said in a statement.
The tiny mollusk, which is about 2 millimeters in size, was discovered by citizen-scientists from the tour group Taxon Expeditions while on an expedition into the Borneo rain forest.
Taxon Expeditions is a Netherlands-based group “that organizes expeditions to remote areas for people interested in nature and science and help them make scientific discoveries,” according to its website.
The snail was found at the foot of a steep hill next to a river bank while foraging at night on the green leaves of plants. Such tiny jungle snails are among the first to go extinct when it gets drier and hotter, according to Taxon Expeditions.
Citizen scientist J.P. Lim, who discovered the snail, said that “naming this snail after Greta Thunberg is our way of acknowledging that her generation will be responsible for fixing problems that they did not create. And it’s a promise that people from all generations will join her to help.”
Apparently Greta was on board with the honor: The expedition team approached the teen who said that she would be “delighted” to have this species named after her.
This isn’t the first time a famous person has received such an honor. In 2018, the tour group named a new species of beetle after actor and climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio.
At only 16-year-old, the Swedish teen is taking a stand and letting Congress and the world know about climate change.