A Name Worth Remembering

It’s tough to love a species with an unpronounceable name. The Guardian decided to solve this problem through crowd-sourcing, asking readers to give common names to threatened or endangered species that previously had only a Latinate moniker. An expert panel of judges recently chose winners for the second annual “Name a Species” competition. Here’s a sampling of new, creative names from the 2010 and 2011 contests.

hotlips A Name Worth Remembering

Hotlips fungus

aka: Octospora humosa


Usnea florida A Name Worth Remembering

Witches’ whiskers lichen

aka: Usnea florida


Arrhis phyllonyx A Name Worth Remembering

Sea piglet shrimp

aka: Arrhis phyllonyx


chrysotoxum intermedium A Name Worth Remembering

Zipper-back hoverfly

aka: Chrysotoxum elegans


Nymphon gracile A Name Worth Remembering

Gangly lancer sea spider

aka: Nymphon gracile


Photo credits (top to bottom): Jens H. Petersen/MycoKey, Robin Crump, Wojciech Moskal, Alvesgaspar, World Register of Marine Species

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