Sting in the tale: Naming of Sri Lankan geckos sparks uproar

Colombo (AFP) – A team of Sri Lankan scientists caused uproar in Parliament and sparked a police probe after they used the names of mythical heroes and national figures to name six newly discovered species of gecko. Two of the new species – discovered on the Indian Ocean island in 2017 and revealed in August – were named for warriors loyal to a first-century BC king, while the others were given the names of 19th Century rebels against British rule. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin