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named after Nelson Mandela. [photo kindly supplied by Ángel Valdés and
Terry Gosliner, California Academy of Sciences - copyright]
It is regarded as something of an honour to
have a species of organism named after you. To have a genus named after you is
even more of an honour because new genera are less often named than new species.
However, an even greater honour is to have a family named after you because new
families are rarely created. Valdés & Gosliner (1999) honoured Nelson
Mandela by naming a genus and family of seaslug (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) after
him. In their words:
"This South African genus is
named Mandelia to honor Nelson Mandela, who led the struggle for a
multiracial government in South Africa. The specific name is derived from the
Latin mirus (odd) and cornus (horn) in reference to the peculiar
shape of the rhinophores of this species."
Mandelia mirocornata has only been
recorded along the coast line of the Cape Peninsula.
Valdés, A. & Gosliner, T.M.
1999. Phylogeny of the radula-less dorids (Mollusca, Nudibranchia), with the
description of a new genus and a new family. Zoologica Scripta 28:
Text by Hamish