The politics of naming geckos in Sri Lanka

The naming of two new species of gecko in Sri Lanka has apparently become a political controversy in Sri Lanka:

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/09/sri-lanka-scientists-stand-by-naming-of-new-geckos-amid-nationalist-criticism/

There are currently 183 observations of gecko’s in Sri Lanka on iNaturalist. Maybe we’ll see the new species show up here soon:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=7077&taxon_id=371057

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People can find ways to get offended by just about anything. I cannot see much of a political agenda by the naming of based on ancient heroes.

I could see issues based upon recent historical figures, but what type of statement does having an animal being named after you have? An honorific naming, or are they comparing traits? :)

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Reminds me of when George W. Bush had a slime-mold beetle named after him:
http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2005/05/president-bush-calls-say-thanks-slime-mold-beetle

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I suppose it’s all in the intent of those doing the naming. An attempt to honor or to mock.

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