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A New Species Was Just Named After Leonardo DiCaprio

Why This Beetle Was Named After Leonardo DiCaprio

photo:Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks on stage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York, NY.Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen

“We didn’t name the beetle because it looks like Leonardo DiCaprio.”

There’s a scene in “The Revenant” where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character gets mauled and and gouged by a bear, left on the edge of death.

Earlier this year, scientists found a new species of beetle in Malaysia that was in a similarly battered condition, missing an antenna and leg as it clung to a sandstone in a rapid stream, according to the Guardian.

It was the first recorded capture of the beetle and they named it Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi in honor of the Oscar-winning actor, the Guardian reports.

The team found the small, black beetle in the Maliau Basin on the island of Borneo, which houses Malaysia, while on an expedition to train citizen scientists.

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