October 19, 2005

WHICH NAME WOULD YOU CHOOSE?:

'Zombie worms' found off Sweden (BBC, 10/19/05)
A new species of marine worm that lives off whale bones on the sea floor has been described by scientists.

The creature was found on a minke carcass in relatively shallow water close to Tjarno Marine Laboratory on the Swedish coast. [...]

Adrian Glover and Thomas Dahlgren tell the journal the new species has been named Osedax mucofloris, which literally means "bone-eating snot-flower".
Zombie worm sounds way cooler.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2005 9:05 AM
Comments

"Bone-eating snot-flower" has a certain je ne sais quoi, too.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at October 19, 2005 9:32 AM

They named a worm after Kim Jong Il?

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 19, 2005 1:05 PM

I dunno. The description makes it sound like the scene around the buffet table at a Carville family reunion.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 19, 2005 6:57 PM
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