Animals & Wildlife Magazine

Name a Species

By Frontiergap @FrontierGap

Name a speciesThe Guardian, Natural England and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History are once again giving you dear readers the opportunity to give common names to some British species.

Last year the response was huge with over 3,000 entries culminating in winning names such as the Queen’s executioner beetle, Mab’s lantern Beetle, St John’s Jellyfish and sea piglet shrimp.

This time sea slug, wasp and lichen are among the species that need a common name to accompany their Latin classification. The winning names will be published in the Guardian and put on display in an exhibition by the Oxford University Natural History Museum.

Click the links below to post your name ideas. Good luck!

• Chrystotoxum elegans – one of nature’s gardeners

Lichenomphalia alpina – a lichen that thinks it’s a mushroom

• Octospora humosa – a high-pressured fungus

Phallusia mammillata – Britain’s largest sea squirt

Chrysis fulgida – a shiny bright wasp

Coryphella browni – a recycling sea slug

Ophiura albida – a snaky star in the sand

Nymphon gracile – an undersea spider with a straw

Sagartiogeton lacerates – a many tentacled anemone

Xerocumus bubalinus – a tree-nurturing mushroom


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