A new species of moth from the Appalachian Mountains named to honor the Cherokee Nation

June 27, 2014 3:31 PM

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A new species of moth from the Appalachian Mountains named to honor the Cherokee Nation

A small, drab and highly inconspicuous moth has been flitting nameless about its special niche among the middle elevations of one of the world's oldest mountain ranges, the southern Appalachian Mountains in North America. A team of American scientists has now identified this new to science species as Cherokeea attakullakulla and described it in a special issue of the open access journal ZooKeys.

In all probability, it has been frequenting these haunts for tens of millions of years before the first humans set foot on this continent, all the while not caring in the least that it had no name or particular significance.

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