Sluggy McSlugface no more: sea slug named for fly-in, fly-out mining workers
Written on the 24 August 2016A multicoloured sea slug discovered off the coast of Western Australia has been named for the state's fly-in, fly-out mining workforce after a judging panel ruled that Sluggy McSlugface breached the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.
The slug, which is a species of nudibranch, was discovered in 2000 off the coast of Dampier, about 1,500km north of Perth, by the WA scientist Dr Nerida Wilson.Wilson will apply for it to be officially named Moridilla fifo after a public competition to name the nudibranch received more than 4,500 entries.
A significant number of those entries suggested either Sluggy McSlugface or Nudie McNudeface, but Dr Amber Beavis, who was on the judging panel, said that breached international rules against "frivolous" scientific names, as well as a few other regulations.
Source: The Guardian
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