Novak Djokovic has new insect species named after him and common attributes include speed, elasticity

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First he had a species of freshwater snail named after him and now Novak Djokovic has once again been honored to have new species of insects found in Serbia named after him.

Dr Nikola Vesovic from the Institute of Zoology at the University of Belgrade was part of the team that discovered the species previously unknown to science near Ljubovija in the Macva district of western Serbia.

According to Vesovic, “it is a specialized, blind subterranean ground beetle (Coleoptera, Carabidae)” and was given the Latin name “Duvalius djokovici”.

The scientific journal Annales Zoologici Fennici recently published its findings on the new species and according to RTS, “the authors found a similarity between the new insect species for science and Novak Djokovic based on several common characteristics: speed, strength, perseverance , elasticity and the ability to survive in a harsh environment.

A statement read: “The new species of insect is a predator in the subterranean environment, and Novak is figuratively on the tennis court.

“Besides, they are both from Serbia. The authors of the new species are also fans of Novak Djokovic, so this is another additional reason why they named the species after the best tennis player of all time and one of the most dominant athletes. in the world.

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Vesovic also explained the decision to honor one of the greatest tennis players of all time and one of Serbia’s favorite sons, Djokovic.

The 35-year-old has won 21 Grand Slam titles, including two career Grand Slams, spent a record 373 weeks atop the ATP rankings and set many other records along the way.

“Novak Djokovic – for more than 15 years this man has cheered up the whole nation, made us proud, and during this time he has become like a family member for everyone,” Vesovic wrote on Instagram.

“He is not only Serbia’s best ambassador in the world, but the best male tennis player of all time and one of the most dominant athletes of all time.

“I have the honor and pleasure to announce the discovery of a new species of insect from western Serbia which was previously unknown to science. It is a specialized, blind subterranean carabid (Coleoptera, Carabidae) found in a pit near the town of Ljubovija.

“A scientific article on the description of the new species was recently published in the prestigious journal “Annales Zoologici Fennici”.
As a sign of gratitude and our need to give back to Novak in our own way, we decided to name the new species after him – .

“Thank you Novak! ”

Djokovic himself responded on an Instagram story with the caption: “A new type of insect found in western Serbia named after me :-)”

In 2021, a species of freshwater snail discovered by a Balkan biospeleologist in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, was named Travuniana djokovici in honor of the tennis great.

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