Chance to name colourful sea slug
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.