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Anophthalmus hitleri
Conservation status
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Trechinae
Genus: Anophthalmus
Species: A. hitleri
Binomial name
Anophthalmus hitleri
Scheibel, 1937

Anophthalmus hitleri is a species of blind cave beetle found only in five humid caves in Slovenia. The blind cave beetle shares its genus with 41 other species and 95 different subspecies.[1]. Members of this subfamily (Trechinae) are, like most Carabidae, predatory, so the adults and larvae of A. hitleri are presumed to be predators on smaller cave inhabitants (one of the benefits of systematics is that it allows predictions about unknown features of an organism to be made with some confidence, based on knowledge of related species).

Name

The scientific name of the beetle comes from a German collector, Oscar Scheibel, who was sold a specimen of a then undocumented species in 1933. Its species name was made a dedication to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. The genus name means eyeless. The dedication did not go unnoticed by the Führer, who sent Scheibel a letter showing his gratitude. Despite its perceived inappropriateness, it is of taxonomic tradition not to change the binomial name of an organism, with exceptions for religious names, which are not to be made in the first place.[1]

Purely as a result of its name, as the species exhibits no characteristics such as extravagant colors or antennae, it is poached by collectors of Hitler memorabilia and beetle collectors.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Being a beetle is probably not easy. Even less so, when you're named after Adolf Hitler, accessed on June 11, 2006
  2. ^ Entomologische Blätter 33: 438
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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Cladus: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Cladus: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Adephaga
Superfamilia: Caraboidea
Familia: Carabidae
Subfamilia: Trechinae
Tribus: Trechini
Genus: Anophthalmus
Species: Anophthalmus hitleri

Name

Anophthalmus hitleri Scheibel, 1933


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