Name a New Species

A Belize featherworm

Every year Scripps Oceanographic Collections staff and researchers discover new species of marine creatures. Some specimens set new records, such as the stout infantfish (Schindleria brevipinguis), co-described by Scripps as the world's smallest fish in 2004.

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 for themself or a friend or family member, and are then introduced in scientific publications that establishes the new species name permanently.

The cost to name Scripps' newly discovered creatures starts at $5,000. Donors who name a species will receive a framed print of their named organism, as well as a copy of the scientific publication in which it is first described.

Please see below for the newest available species in need of a name.

Pisionidens

$5,000
Pisionidens
 new species from Baja, Mexico

This new species is from the beach sands of the Gulf of California. It lives right in the surf zone and was first collected from San Francisquito.

Rubifabriciola

$5,000
Rubifabriciola new species from Beaufort, North Carolina. 

This new species is from the salt marshes of North Carolina. It has two pairs of red eyes; one at each end of its body. It is a filter-feeder and the females broods their offspring in their tubes.

Chrysopetalum 3

$5,000
Chrysopetalum new species 3 from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. 

This new species is only known near Kri Island in Eastern Indonesia. It has a new sister species int he Red Sea.

Chrysopetalum 4

$5,000
Chrysopetalum new species 4 from Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

This new species is from near Kri Island in Eastern Indonesia, and also occurs in Timor.

Chrysopetalum 7

$5,000
Chrysopetalum new species 7 from Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

This new species is only known near Kri Island in Eastern Indonesia. Its closest relatives are found in Australia and the Red Sea.

Chrysopetalum 11

$5,000
Chrysopetalum new species 11 from Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

This new species is from near Kri Island in Eastern Indonesia, but also occurs in Northwestern Australia (Ningaloo).

Branchinotogluma 1

$10,000
Branchinotogluma new species 1 from Costa Rica methane seeps.

This new species of scaleworm lives from 1000-1800 meters depths at methane seeps off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. These seeps are under intense study by Scripps and other scientists and many new species have been discovered here.

Branchinotogluma 2

$10,000
Branchinotogluma new species 2 from Costa Rica methane seeps.

This new species of scaleworm lives from 1000-1800 meters depths at methane seeps off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. These seeps are under intense study by Scripps and other scientists and many new species have been discovered here.

Branchinotogluma 3

$10,000
Branchinotogluma new species 3 from Costa Rica methane seeps

This new species of scaleworm lives from 1400-1800 meters depths at methane seeps off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and also at seep in the Gulf of California (Mexico). These seeps are under intense study by Scripps and other scientists and many new species have been discovered here.

Amphicorina

$10,000
Amphicorina new species from La Jolla, California.

This new species of feather duster worm is from the intertidal rocky shore of Southern California. It has two pairs of red eyes; one at each end of its body. It is a filter-feeder and the females broods their offspring int heir tubes. A female is pictured uppermost with two whitish eggs and a male is lower with his crown expanded.

Galapagomystides

$10,000 for the pair
Galapagomystides new species (two) from Eastern and Western Pacific Vents and seeps.

Galapagomystides is a group of phyllodocid paddle worms. These worms 'bite' with a proboscis lined with tiny teeth and then suck the blood from the feather plume of gills of vestimentiferan tubeworms. Only one species of Galapagomystides is named, from the Galapagos hydrothermal vents, and we have found two new species, one from Costa Rica and one from the West Pacific. 

Notophyllum

$10,000
Notophyllum new species from San Clemente, California. 

This is a stunning new species of paddleworm. Its closest relative is in Europe. 

Spinther

$10,000
Spinther 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.

Chaetopterus

$15,000
Chaetopterus new species from La Jolla, California.

This is a new species of parchment-tube worm that is well known, but has always (incorrectly) been referred to by a European species name, Chaetopterus variopedatus. We have shown it is clearly a new species. It is very common along the walls of the La Jolla and Scripps Canyons and is a bioluminescent.

Hyalogyrina

$15,000
Hyalogyrina new species from San Diego, California.

This is a very common gastropod snail found at methane seeps from San Diego to Costa Rica. There are only 8 species of Hyalogyrina known and they are normally associated with hydrothermal vents or methane seeps. Eastern Pacific seeps are under intense study by Scripps and other scientists and many new species have been discovered here. 

Idas

$15,000
Idas new species from Costa Rica.

In mythology, Idas was one of the Argonauts. In animal taxonomy, it refers to a genus of bivalves. These are in Mytilidae, which includes mussels that we eat. Idas however, is mainly a deep-sea group and is found associated with methane seeps and wood and whale falls. It uses symbiotic bacteria in its gills for food and these break down hydrogen sulfide available at these habitats. This new species is from methane seeps off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. These seeps are under intense study by Scripps and other scientists and many new species have been discovered here. 

Alvinocaris

$25,000
Alvinocaris new species from Costa Rica.

This new species of Alvinocaridae will bring the total known species to around 20. These shrimps are only known from hydrothermal vents and methane seeps. The Costa Rica seeps are under intense study by Scripps and other scientists and many new species have been discovered here. This will be the 2nd new species of Alvinocaris from the site; the other we named Alvinocaris costaricensis.

Lamellibrachia

$25,000
Lamellibrachia new species from Costa Rica. 

This is a new species of vestimentiferan tubeworm that reaches several meters in length. It is only known from 1000 meter depths at methane seeps off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. These seeps are under intense study by Scripps and other scientists and many new species have been discovered here. This, however, is the most spectacular. Vestimentifera have symbiotic bacteria in their bodies that are essentially being farmed by the warms. The bacteria break down energy-rich hydrogen-sulfide that is abundant at methane seeps. Only 8 species of Lamellibranchia have been named to date.

For more information about how you can support the Scripps Oceanographic Collections by naming a species, or to join us for a tour, please contact us at (858) 822-1865 or supportscripps@ucsd.edu.

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