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Funkotriplogynium iagobadius (James Brown, mite)
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Funkotriplogynium iagobadius (James Brown, mite)

In 1997, some mite researchers gave a new species a Latin name that cleverly disguised a tribute to the hardest working man in show business. (Iago = "James," badius = "brown.") It's the funkiest microscopic insect on earth.

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