Researchers said the snail was named after Greta because the bug was stuck on a planet that is hot as “hell”. The creature has been named “Craspedotropis gretathunberga”.
The snail was found recently by scientists on the island of Borneo near Malaysia, according to the Biodiversity Data Journal.
Menno Schilthuizen, of the scientific research group Taxon Expeditions said: “The newly described snail belongs to the so-called caenogastropods, a group of land snails known to be sensitive to drought, temperature extremes and forest degradation.”
The tiny mollusks have grey tentacles and a concave shell.
The snail was named after the Swedish climate change activist because they have been been forced to “fix problems they did not create”, according to researcher J.P. Lim.
Mr Lim said: “Naming this snail after Greta Thunberg is our way of acknowledging that her generation will be responsible for fixing problems that they did not create.
“And it’s a promise that people from all generations will join her to help.”
Greta informed the group that she was “delighted” that a snail had been named after her.
The snails were found at the foot of a hill near a riverbank.
Social media users took to Twitter and mocked the activist being named after the “slimy bug”.
One user said: “Looks like her… hopefully, it doesn’t behave like her too…”
Another said: “Snails are slimy and almost totally blind. Naming one after Greta Thunburg is actually perfect.”
Another commented: “Yes I agree she is quite a slug and pushes a fake agenda!”
One user replied: “Feel sorry for the snail.”
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While another said: “An annoying slimy bug…
“It also has the same thought capacity.
“It might even be smarter, because it won’t allow itself to be used as a political puppet.”
While another said: “I would rather be a wasp.”
One commented: “Both are insignificant.”
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