New fish named after Barack Obama

Obama is one of four presidents to have newly discovered species of fish named after them for their green credentials

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Etheostoma obama, a new species described by Mayden and Layman in Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, 29 November 2012. Photograph: Joseph R. Tomelleri/Scientific Americain

He already had the presidential seal. Now comes the presidential fish. Researchers have named a newly discovered species of freshwater fish after Barack Obama.

The honour may not have quite the heft of the Nobel peace prize that Obama picked up at the start of his first term. And it doesn’t convey the sheer raw power that goes with riding in Air Force One. But it does put the Obama brand on an all-American fish, and it also puts him in good company.

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