The Dragonfly named in Honour of The Gyalsey

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.37.28 PM copyScientists of Sherubtse College, Kanglung, National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) and the Dutch Naturalis Biodiversity Centre have named a new species of dragonfly in honour of The Crown Prince of Bhutan, The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude for the extraordinary leadership of Bhutan in biodiversity and environmental conservation.

Honouring His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Bhutan, the dragonfly Megalestes gyalsey (Odonata: Synlestidae). Megalestes gyalsey spec. nov. is described from a single male from Trongsa District in Bhutan. The species was discovered during field work conducted in 2015 for the Bhutan invertebrate biodiversity project. The species is named in honour of His Royal Highness The Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, The Gyalsey of Bhutan, on the occasion of his First Birthday. This project is coordinated by the National Biodiversity Centre, Serbithang with collaboration with the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands, Sherubtse College, College of Natural Resources, UWICE and National Plant Protection Centre. The project focuses on understudied biodiversity groups.

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