Obama Has Fish Named in Honor of Him - for the Second Time

The gold and maroon fish discovered off Hawaii sports a red-and-blue spot, apparently bearing resemblance to the U.S. president's campaign logo.

President Barack Obama tours the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, September 1, 2016.
Carolyn Kaster, AP

As if having a fish species named in your honor isn't enough of a compliment, U.S. President Barack Obama can now boast that he is the namesake of two separate aquatic creatures.

Scientists decided to name a fish species discovered in the Hawaii's Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument after the local-born president in honor of his decision to expand the site, turning it into the largest nature reserve in the world, according to National Geographic.   

The gold and maroon fish, the only one known to live within the massive maritime reserve, was discovered at a depth of 300 feet. It's covered with a red spot ringed with blue, bearing resemblance, according to the scientists, to Obama's campaign logo.

"How appropriate that a fish we were thinking about naming after him anyway, just to say thank you for expanding the national monument, happens to have a feature that ties it to the president," National Geographic quoted marine biologist Richard Pyle as saying.  

The species' name is expected to be officially published later this year, along with a detailed description of it. It will join the Etheostoma Obama, a freshwater darter native to the Tennessee River.