Galapagos snake named after Robert Thomas

IECA founding and lifetime member Robert A. (Bob) Thomas has received the distinct honour of having a newly identified species named after him. Thomas is Professor and Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication at Loyola University in New Orleans. He is the Director of the Loyola Center for Environmental Communication. The species, Pseudalsophis thomasi, is a snake in the Galapagos Islands.

The snake was among three newly named species. The other two were named after Charles Darwin and Greek God Hephaestus. Thomas is reported to have said:

It’s fun. It makes me giggle, especially because it’s a snake from Galápagos, one of the most incredible biological places on earth. I never, ever in my life dreamed that would happen. In 1984, I found one of these snakes, picked it up in my hands in the Galápagos Islands, and took pictures of it. We had no idea it was an undiscovered species. A lot of times, the molecular analysis gives us tremendous insight we don’t yet have into an animal.

Here is a story from the Associated Press.

Photo credit: AP