A research paper published this week described three newly identified insects that were named according to their rarity. With permission from Pokemon-loving scientists, these three Australian beetles were given the names Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos. Each of these beetles is a species of the genus Binburrum Pollock, and they each have a distinct appearance, allowing them to easily match the three legendary Pokemon.
Across Kotakutalking with Eastern New Mexico University In an interview last week, Professor Darren Pollock at ENMU Entomology spoke about his work with his Ph.D. at the Australian National University. Student Yun Hsiao, with whom the research has been published for the newly identified beetles.
Pollock said, “Yeon said he was an ambitious Pokemon trainer when he was young, and therefore, due to the scarcity of samples for the three new species, he suggested that we call them the Legendary Three Bird Pokemon.” “We already have plans to describe more new species of this genus that have appeared since we finished searching, and possibly with more Pokemon names.” Earlier named Binburrum include Binburrum angusticollis and Binburrum concavifrons. Maybe it’s time to rename these after Mewtwo and Mew?
These new Binburrum species were named B. articuno (southeastern South Australia), B. moltres (northeast Queensland, Australia), and B. zapdos (northeast Queensland). Each of these three types of beetle is currently known only in Australia. You can find a list of the sites where Binburrum Pollock has been spotted at Atlas of Living Australia.
To learn more about these beetles, see the paper “Contributing to the knowledge of the endemic Australian genus Binburrum Pollock, 1995 (Coleoptera: Pyrochroidae: Pilipalpinae), with descriptions of three new species” as published online by Cambridge University Press. This paper was written by Yun Hsiao and Darren A. Bullock.