Naming Weevils for Patrick O'Brian, Stephen Maturin and Peter Weir.
The Nature Discovery Fund of the Canadian Museum of Nature
A scientific name is the official name by which an organism is known,
each one is unique. Over the last 250 years, biologists have named
almost 2 million different species. However, scientists estimate that
there may be as many as 30 million more species existing on earth.
Following the Gunroom's donations to the Nature
Discovery Fund, we received the certificate announcing the planned
naming. There will be a period of up to 48 months during which time
one of the scientists will prepare and publish a scientific paper
formally identifying and naming a recently discovered weevil in memory
of Patrick O'Brian. Once the paper has been published, we will receive
an official certificate of the newly classified organism and a general
description of it. We will also receive a copy of the scientific
19 October 2002 - This week I received the second certificate from the
Canadian Museum of Nature acknowledging the Gunroom's donation to name
a new species after Stephen Maturin. I have scanned it and sent the file
to Bill Nyden, so when he puts it up on the HMS Surprise site you will
all be assured that I did not embezzle the cash!
16 October 2011 - I have posted the two certificates
for the eminent weevils, Theognete maturini and Theognete weiri,
on the Short Term Gallery...