The Rainforest Trust said Wednesday that the antbird discovered last year in northern Peru has been given the name Myrmoderus eowilsoni in honor of E.O. Wilson.
Wilson is a myrmecologist - an entomologist who studies ants. He's credited with coining the term "biodiversity" in 1988.
Wilson said having a bird named for him is akin to winning a Nobel prize "because it's such a rarity to have a true new species discovered."
Rainforest Trust CEO Paul Salaman called the new bird's namesake "the most esteemed conservation biologist alive."
The 88-year-old Wilson is an honorary curator of entomology at Harvard.
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