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Species Naming Contest for the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish
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Image Credit: Marijke Wilhelmus.


Join a scientific team and help give the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish a species name! This new name will become the official scientific name and appear in several scientific publications.




We had hundreds of great names submitted for BBBJ, so many that we have to provide 7 not 5 names to vote from. Unfortunately, voting has ended! Please visit the finalist page to see which seven were chosen! Also, be sure to check out other honorable mentions and some other winning names in other categories.

In the meantime....

1. Learn about the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish (BBBJ).


Before someone can give something a name, one needs to know something about it. Observe the mysterious BBBJ and become familiar with what it looks like, its stinging cells, how it behaves, and more... Click HERE!

2. Meet the scientific team that is working on BBBJ.


This team consists of a high school biology teacher (Bud), former economist turned biologist (Allen), German graduate student (Basti), and an awesome intern (Tara). Check it out.

3. Learn about the team's adventures with BBBJ


Naming a species may not be as easy as you think. As Allen, Basti, Bud and Tara will tell you, it involves persistence, patience, creativity, a keen eye, and some good photography and writing skills. Check it out.

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4. Learn the Do's and Don'ts of species naming


Every organism has a unique scientific name - a Genus name and a species name. Once we got a specimen, the BBBJ's features told us that it belongs to the genus Tamoya. But until now, no one has given it a species name. But you can't just choose any species name... Check out these rules before you create your own.

5. Submit a species name.


Sorry, this opportunity has passed.

6. Vote on the top 7 names submitted.


Voting has ended! But you can still see the top seven finalists. Be sure to see other names we thought deserved an honorable mention.

7. See the winning name.

8. Read the published paper.



Check out Zootaxa - where BBBJ's new species name was published.

Once a species has a scientific name, information can be organized by aggregating on the name. As soon as the BBBJ gets a formal species name, it will become part of the Encyclopedia of Life and ZooBank.

There are many tools for keeping track of biological information. Check out Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and GenBank of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). How long will it take for information about the BBBJ to get into these databases?




The following organizations contributed content to this theme:

Paleobio Consortium for Ocean LeadershipNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationEncyclopedia of LifeRAFT

The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center Cnidarian Tree of Life Flat Stanley Project Environmental Protection Agency


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