Is it time to put off species names that honour odious individuals?

Supporters of the Rhodes Should Fall motion, calling for the elimination of a statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes in Oxford

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A FEW years in the past, I visited Slovenia to do a narrative on the olm, a kind of salamander that lives completely in caves within the western Balkans. In consequence (and as is my wont) I acquired a bit obsessive about troglobites, creatures that spend their complete lives in underground caves. That led to my first encounter with a infamous beetle known as Anophthalmus hitleri, found in the identical cave system …

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