Item 1327 - Sea slug called Mandelia Micocornata named after Mandela by the marine biologists, Angel Vlades and Terry Gosliner who discovered it, as an honour to him

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ZA COM MR-T-8-2-1327

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Sea slug called Mandelia Micocornata named after Mandela by the marine biologists, Angel Vlades and Terry Gosliner who discovered it, as an honour to him

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  • 1999 (Creation)

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Flora, Fauna and Science related named after Mandela

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Source: Iziko Museums website

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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. Vald├ęs & Gosliner (1999) honoured Nelson Mandela by naming a genus and family of seaslug (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) after him. Mandelia mirocornata has only been recorded along the coast line of the Cape Peninsula.

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Nelson Mandela Tributes Database: T00328

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http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/mm/molluscs/
http://www.nudipixel.net/species/mandelia_mirocornata/

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