Announcing WUNDERPIX

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  1. mucktopus

    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Tonmo, I'd like to announce a new database of Wunderpus photogenicus pictures: Wunderpix:

    http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/Wunderpix.html

    What is the point of this database? In a new paper out (authors include Tonmo members Thales, Neogonodactylus, D. Gentry, and myself) in the open access journal PLoSOne (free to download- i'll post the paper here tomorrow) we show that Wunderpus have individually unique spot patterns. This means we can monitor Wunderpus in the wild using photographs, the same way people do for whales, etc. We hope that people will upload their pics of Wunderpus and related data (site, time, depth) into this database so we can start to estimate their home ranges, population density, and movement patterns. Please check it out!

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0003732
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Very neat, guys! Will add this to the "our friends" links on the homepage.
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    I'll put it on wunderp.us as well... gee, sit on a domain name long enough around here, and people just hand you content!
     
  4. mucktopus

    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    thanks! The more pics we can get in the database, the more we can all learn about their natural history. Plus if people upload their own pics they can check the database to see if someone else took pics of that same individual!

    I can't post the pdf of the paper here (too big) but it's free to download from the link on my first post.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Very interesting! Hope you get lots of photos uploaded.
    Well designed site, too.

    Nancy
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    And thank you for submitting to PLoSOne; Yay! for open access :smile:
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    "And thank you for submitting to PLoSOne; Yay! for open access"

    yeah- since we ask for public involvement to make this project work, it only seems fair that we make the paper freely available. This makes it easier to get the word out too without people worrying about journal copyright.
     
  9. daddysquoc

    daddysquoc Wonderpus Registered

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    So is Wunderpus photogenicus the official scientific name?
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Yep!
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    That's great to hear D! Thanks for posting! We usually get a fair number of submissions after articles/blogs post about it.
     

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