New Species to be Named

Every year researchers are discovering new species of marine creatures.

Traditionally, the person who first describes a newfound plant or animal is entitled to name it, but now, Scripps is inviting the public to share in the process by naming select newly discovered species acquired by the institution. The names can be selected by a donor and are then introduced in scientific publications that establishes the new species name permanently.

See the new species discovered on recent research trips like this  Spinther (left) a new species from Mo’orea, French Polynesia.These bizarre but beautiful worms are only found living on sponges. There are only 10 species known in the world.