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A new species of wasps in Florida was named after Ichiro Suzuki

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Although Ichiro Suzuki rose to fame in the United States with the Mariners, he's made many new fans recently in his forties with the Marlins. One of those fans is a research scientist named Jose Fernandez-Triana.

Fernandez-Triana works for the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes and in a recent study published by ZooKeys, he named a new species of wasps after Ichiro. This is Diolcogaster ichiroi:


Photo credit: Jose Fernandez-Triana, ZooKeys 730: 121-148

Fernandez-Triana noted that Ichiro was his favorite baseball player, so to him, it was only fitting to name a wasp from south Florida after one of the Marlins' most popular players from the last few seasons.

It seems appropriate to us, too. After all, Ichiro has a habit for stinging opposing pitchers with vicious line drives.


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