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Megaceras briansaltini
Megaceras briansaltini (right) compared to Dim (left)
Range Peru
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Coleoptera
Family Scarabaeidae
Genus Megaceras
Species Megaceras briansaltini

The Megaceras briansaltini, named in honor of Brian Saltin, son of entomologist Jochen-P. Saltin, is a new species of rhinoceros beetle with a horn surprisingly similar to that of the character Dim from Pixar's animated film, A Bug's Life (created eight years before the beetle's discovery), previously unseen in nature (coined the Dim Effect by its discoverer Brett C. Ratcliffe). It remains unclear whether this is a natural feature or an uncommon mutation, as only one specimen has been found.

Megaceras briansaltini was listed ninth in the top species of 2008 by the International Institute for Species Exploration.