Snail sensitive to temperature extremes named after climate activist Greta Thunberg

Teenage climate change activist Great Thunberg now has a snail named after her.

In a study published in the Biodiversity Data Journal, Taxon Expeditions scientists revealed they'd named the snail after Greta to honour her "for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change".

Greta, born in Stockholm, Sweden, received international attention last year when she blasted world leaders at the UN for not doing enough to combat global warming. She is also responsible for a global movement of school children skipping school to strike against climate change. 

Time Magazine named her Person of the Year in 2019.

The snail, named craspedotropis gretathunbergae, is temperature-sensitive and was discovered in Borneo.

"Naming this snail after Greta Thunberg is our way of acknowledging that her generation will be responsible for fixing problems that they did not create,"  said JP Lim, one of the citizen scientists who discovered the snail.

Taxon Expeditions co-founder and snail expert Dr Menno Schilthuizen said in a statement the snails are known to be sensitive to deforestation, temperature extremes, and drought.

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