Swedish climate advocate, Greta Thunberg, has had a new species of spider named after her.
Thunberga gen. nov. is a new genus of huntsman spiders from Madagascar.
The new species was found by arachnologist Peter Jager, and named after the Thunberg in honour of her commitment to tackling climate change.
Jager explained that the new species differed from other huntsmans in their eye arrangement and unique dotted patterns on their backs.
He named a previous discovery of Southeast Asian huntsman spider Heteropoda davidbowie.
Unlike most spiders, huntsman don’t spin webs and hunt and forage instead for their food.