Got a Spare $25,000?

The rights to name an Osedax species is up for grabs for $25,000.

To set the prices, Scripps researchers considered several factors, including rarity, the species’ importance to science and how expensive and difficult it was to collect. Also for $25,000, one’s name can be on a deep sea worm affectionately called the green bomber, which drops luminescent green particles to distract predators.

Not that I have the answers and I make no comment on ramifications of such, but what are you thoughts on auctioning off species names? More at the San Diego Union Tribune.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

5 Replies to “Got a Spare $25,000?”

  1. Osedax, eh? This must be Adrian Glover theme week! I think this selling species name thing might be a good mechanism for raising funds for the Beagle project…

  2. Jason, I thought of you when I read this, remembering your earlier post.

    Karen, ahem…*wink wink nudge nudge*

  3. I think they might get more money at auction if they offered to name a zombie bone-eating worm after someone’s ex-spouse. Yet more controversy there of course.

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