Edward Snowden Gets A New Species Of Crayfish Named After Him

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Meet Cherax snowden the crayfish named after Edward Snowden.


Is it silly? A bit. Is it awesome? Quite so, yes.


NBC news put it like this:

The crayfish, as far as scientists know, doesn’t have advanced computer skills, and hasn’t exposed any government surveillance programs. Instead, it is regularly exported from its home in the West Papau region of Indonesia to Europe, East Asia and North America as a colorful pet, usually under the name “orange tip” or “green orange tip.”

Now German researcher Christian Lukhaup and two of his colleagues are saying that the crayfish had previously been misidentified as a similar species. They gave this crayfish a new name, Cherax snowden, and made clear exactly where that name came from.

“The new species is named after the American freedom fighter Edward Joseph Snowden,” they wrote in their study, published Monday in the journal ZooKeys.“He is honored due to his extraordinary achievements in defense of justice, and freedom.”