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‘GoT’-loving professor names beetle species after Daenerys’ dragons

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin book series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Brett Ratcliffe named the new scarab beetle species drogoni, rhaegali and viserioni, The Omaha World-Herald reported. The names are Latinized versions of Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion, three dragons owned by Daenerys Targaryen’s character in the fictional work. From left: Gymnetis drogoni, Gymnetis rhaegali and Gymnetis viserioni beetles from South America.APRadcliffe said he’s a fan of the series, but ultimately chose the names to draw attention to biodiversity and the am ...
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