Wonderpus Scientific name

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  1. marinebio_guy

    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    The scientific name for the wonderpus is Wonderpus photogenicus From work that will soon be published by Hochberg, Norman, Finn.
     
  2. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    That's a great name!

    As long as this thread has wonderpus fans' attention, anyone have any ideas on what I should do with http://wonderp.us/ ?
     
  3. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I love it!!

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  4. Graeme

    Graeme Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Oh good!:grin: That's absolutely peachy news!
     
  5. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    What about the spelling? Its quite often written as 'wunderpus' too
     
  6. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    Hmm. Hate to be on the off-side, but it seems rather "kitch-ey" doesn't it? I think Steve Irwin had more influence on the scientific community than we gave him credit for.
     
  7. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    Not necessarily, people have been creative with names for a while. The name made it through the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature and Hochberg et al.'s reviewers; and I suspect Irwin didn't have much effect on either :)
     
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    I don't know if that says something good about the scientific world, or something bad. You are correct in the influence of Irwin on the naming though.
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    wunderpus photogenicus, not wonderpus

    I finally dug up the actual paper, and confirmed that the official name is actually Wunderpus photogenicus. Just to clear up any confusion.
     
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    Now the groundwork has been laid for Notoctopus norsepia!

    :smile:
     
  12. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Noto meaning southern - it's a simple southern octopus. I had thought about this years back, wanting to create Notoctopus, Nonoctopus, Noroctopus ... but thought it a frivolous.
     

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