by Duke Herbarium
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—The genus Gaga is named in honor of the American pop singer-songwriter-performer Lady Gaga, for her articulate and fervent defense of equality and individual expression in today’s society. Because Lady Gaga speaks to the need for humanity to celebrate broad differences within its own species, we hereby provide her with a scientific namesake that characterizes the struggle to understand the intricate biology underlying cryptic patterns of diversity. Because public funding supports basic research, this naming honor allows us to acknowledge the confluence between science and public interests, and to make our findings more accessible and relevant to the diversity of individuals who fund our work. The name Gaga also echoes one of the molecular synapomorphies that characterizes the
genus. At nucleotide positions 598–601 in the matK gene alignment, all Gaga species have “GAGA”, a sequence pattern not seen at this site in any other cheilanthoid fern
sampled [e.g. the closely related Aspidotis densa shows GAGG, and the type species of Cheilanthes (C. micropteris) has CAGG].