New grasshopper species named after Indian researcher
A new species of ‘twighopper’ or pygmy grasshopper, discovered by Croatian and German researchers in the rainforests of Sri Lanka, has been named after Kerala grasshopper expert, Dhaneesh Bhaskar.
- The discovery of the Cladonotus bhaskari is based on the photograph of a single specimen taken in 2016.
- The researchers studied it and found it to be distinct from other grasshopper species.
- They declared it to be new and christened it after Bhaskar in the journal ‘Zootaxa’ last month.
- The researchers were quoted as saying that they had decided to name the species after Bhaskar due to his work on grasshoppers in India.
- Bhaskar, they said, was the first Indian researcher to study the insects, something which was earlier done by foreigners.