Saturday, 11 June 2011

English names wanted for 10 species

The public are being asked to come up with English names for 10 "fascinating" British species, including a sea spider and a metallic wasp, which are known to science only through their Latin identities.

The "name a species" competition, run by Natural England and The Guardian for the second year running, aims to rescue unnamed wildlife from obscurity amid concerns that species are disappearing without anyone noticing.

Among the list of species that people are being asked to name are a red and white tipped sea slug, an anemone, a fungus, a sand brittlestar, a hoverfly and a lichen that thinks it is a mushroom.

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