Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask inspires wasp species name

February 24, 2015 5:39 PM

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Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask inspires wasp species name

Rask hails from Finland and skates on ice. Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski is from the plains of Kenya, and prefers to buzz through the air. But both are now irrevocably linked, thanks to new scientific nomenclature that will soon be cemented in the journal Acta Entomologica.

"This species is named after the acrobatic goaltender for the Finnish National ice hockey team and the Boston Bruins, whose glove hand is as tenacious as the raptorial fore tarsus of this dryinid species," the scientists wrote in the paper, set to be published in April.

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