Grasshopper species named after murdered wildlife rangers in Spain

Grasshopper species named after murdered wildlife rangers in Spain

Newly discovered insect called Pycnogaster ribesiglesiasii in tribute to two men shot by a hunter in 2017

A new species of grasshopper discovered in Catalonia in north-east Spain has been named in honour of two local wildlife rangers who were murdered by a hunter in 2017.

The insect, a member of the orthoptera order that includes crickets, grasshoppers and locusts, has been named Pycnogaster ribesiglesiasii after Xavier Ribes Villas and David Iglesias Díez, who were shot dead when they were working in the Segrià region of Catalonia.

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