Two entomologist and Pokémon fan in Singapore have named a newly discovered species of cockroach after the show’s bug Pheromosa.
The insect features antenna, long legs and wings that mimic a hood much like the cartoon character that was first introduced in 2016’s Pokémon Sun & Moon.
In the show, which first hit screens in 1996, characters catch, train, care for fictional species known as Pokémon, with 1015 different kinds at present.
Named Nocticola pheromosa the new insect was discovered by Foo Maosheng and Cristian C. Lucanas in a forested nature reserve.
Following the find they told The Straits Times: ‘Both my collaborator and I are Pokémon fans, so we thought, why not name it after a pokémon inspired by a cockroach’.
Discovery! Two entomologist and Pokémon fan in Singapore has named a newly discovered species of cockroach after the show’s bug Pheromosa
Foo’s love of the Japanese series is well known amongst his fellow scentists and has earned the name ‘bug catcher’ like characters in the show.
He said: ‘I’m like one of those bug type trainers as I go to different places to find out more about what insects we have’.
‘This contributes to the museum for research and education and The Biodiversity of Singapore website, which is kind of like our local pokédex.’
It comes after the news that Netflix were developing a stop-motion animation series with The Pokemon Company called Pokemon Concierge.
The project was announced on Monday, the 17th anniversary of the first Pokemon game, also known as Pokemon Day.
The series will follow Haru, a concierge at the Pokemon Resort who interacts with the Pokemon and their owners who visit as guests, according to Deadline.
The resort caters to Pokemon characters, and the plot follows the concierge’s many interactions with them as she helps with their resort stays.
The short trailer shows a Psyduck walking alongside Haru on the beach before they see something in the sky.
New twist on Pokemon: Netflix revealed they are developing a stop-motion animation series with The Pokemon Company called Pokemon Concierge
The stop-motion will be done by Dwarf Studios, who was behind Netflix’s stop-motion anime Rilakkuma and Kaoru.
Vice President of Netflix content in Asia Minyoung Kim said, ‘We have a group of experts here in Japan who are passionate about finding and developing original stories here in Japan that will excite audiences all over the world.’
Kim added, ‘We are dedicated to adapting fan-favorite stories and manga into extraordinary shows.
‘Netflix is looking forward to delighting fans in Japan and around the world with Pokemon Concierge, an entirely new visual and storytelling experience featuring ground-breaking stop-motion animation set in the Pokémon world in close collaboration with The Pokémon Company,’ said Kim.
There is no release date set for Pokemon Concierge, but it is expected to be released sometime in 2023.
In its library, Netflix already has numerous Pokemon movies, including Indigo League, Journeys: The Series, and Mewtwo Strikes Back.
The streaming service previously announced they were developing a live-action Pokemon series in 2021 akin to 2019’s highly regarded Pokemon Detective Pikachu.
The executive producer of Netflix’s Lucifer, Joe Henderson, is the writer and executive producer.
In addition to their collaboration with The Pokemon Company, Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company and is developing numerous projects with Dahl’s titles.
The plot: The series will follow Haru, a concierge at the Pokemon Resort who interacts with the Pokemon and their owners who visit as guests
Cute: The resort caters to Pokemon characters, and the plot follows the concierge’s many interactions with them as she helps with their resort stays. The short trailer shows a Psyduck walking alongside Haru on the beach before they see something in the sky
Netflix bought the entire catalog of Roald Dahl, including classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, as the streaming service faced stiff competition from Disney+ and HBO Max.
The deal expanded Netflix’s existing licensing agreement with The Roald Dahl Story Co (RDSC) struck in 2018 to create animated series based on the author’s books.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the original agreement in 2018 was reported to be among the biggest ever for kids’ programming at that time, worth between $500 million to $1 billion.
Recently, Yahoo! News reported the streaming giant paid 500 million pounds – about $686 million – giving it full access to Dahl’s works and animated and live-action films.