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Wonderpus Scientific name

monty

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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/ ?
 

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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.
 

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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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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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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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