Chance to name colour­ful sea slug

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

HAVE you ever wanted to name a crea­ture new to sci­ence?

ABC Ra­dio Na­tional sci­ence pro­gram Off Track and the WA Mu­seum is run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to name a new species of nudi­branch.

The colour­ful sea slug was no­ticed by WA Mu­seum De­part­ment of Aquatic Zo­ol­ogy se­nior re­search sci­en­tist Nerida Wil­son, of Cottes­loe.

“It was 16 years ago on a trip to Dampier when I first saw it, and I knew it was dif­fer­ent to all the other nudi­branchs straight away,” Dr Wil­son said.

“But it’s taken all th­ese years to ac­tu­ally get the time to sci­en­tif­i­cally con­firm that it is a new species, and now all we need is a name.

“Ev­ery­one who comes in con­tact with nudi­branchs end up think­ing that they’re the coolest animal in the world.” En­tries close Au­gust 15. Visit www.mu­seum.wa.gov.au/name­this-crea­ture.

The new sea slug was first no­ticed by sci­en­tist Nerida Wil­son 16 years ago.

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