90 Miles From Tyranny : Scientists Geek Out, Name Sea Slug After 'Game of Thrones' Character

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Scientists Geek Out, Name Sea Slug After 'Game of Thrones' Character

Forget the Iron Throne, Danaerys Targaryen, this is what your destiny has been leading you toward.
Tritonia khaleesi is a new species of sea slug recently discovered off the coast of northeast Brresearch article:
azil by scientists from the Federal University of Ceará. According to Felipe de Vasconcelos Silva, Victor Manuel De Azevedo, and Helena Matthews-Cascon’s 
Tritonia khaleesi is up to 12 mm long, with a slender white body, of which the notum is covered with one broad white band extending from between the eyes and veil to the tail; veil with four velar appendages; retractable white rhinophores; rhinophoral sheath with fleshy extension; seven pairs of branchial plumes; the anus is located between the third and fourth gills on the right side, and the genital opening is under the second gill. Internally, T. khaleesi is distinguished from other tritoniids by jaws with 10 to 14 rows of denticles on the inner lips, absence of stomach plates and the radular formula 32 × 2––5 teeth. Tritonia khaleesi is the only Tritonia that possesses a unicuspid rachidian tooth as an adult.
Just why did this species come to be named after a Game of Thrones character? Silva explained the geeky decision to Papelpop.com. According to the Google translation, the "silver band on the back of the slug" is reminiscent of the Khaleesi's braids of silver hair.
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