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A fungus named after SpongeBob

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posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 06:31 PM
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Dennis Desjardin: A fungus named after SpongeBob

Dennis Desjardin named a newly identified mushroom species – a native of Borneo – Spongiforma squarepantsii.

A newly identified mushroom species named after SpongeBob Squarepants caught our eye and led EarthSky’s Emily Willingham to contact Dennis Desjardin, the scientist who discovered the genus. The mushroom, a native of Borneo, is Spongiforma squarepantsii, one of only two known members of the Spongiforma genus. Its sea-sponge shape inspired its name, which is probably better than any name motivated by its “vaguely fruity or strongly musty” odor. That descriptive comes courtesy of Dennis Desjardin, a professor at San Francisco State University, intrepid fungus hunter, discoverer of the Spongiforma genus, and one of the people to happily blame for naming a mushroom after a cartoon character.


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Really? Named after a cartoon character? Has people really become that dumbed down by media today? Even university scientists are being affected.




posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 06:37 PM
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wierd name for a new species. it looks kind of cool though. why would they call it that, it dosent look square or hang with a starfish



posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 07:41 PM
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No, it's just lack of imagination to create new names, I suffer from the same problem.


I guess you haven't heard about Sonic hedgehog, the protein, or its potential inhibitor, Robotnikinin. Or about Pikachurin.



posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 07:45 PM
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are those actualy real or just people taking advantage of wikipedia



posted on Jun, 25 2011 @ 07:27 AM
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Those are real names.


Edit: some original names (like Pokemon) were replaced by different names, but some remained.
edit on 25/6/2011 by ArMaP because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 25 2011 @ 11:20 AM
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thats kind of funny



posted on Jun, 25 2011 @ 06:16 PM
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Hahaha I've never watched that cartoon but I always appreciate when people de-mistify the "holy knowledge" and take things with a "joker" attitude.



posted on Jun, 25 2011 @ 11:32 PM
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Originally posted by balon0



Dennis Desjardin: A fungus named after SpongeBob

Dennis Desjardin named a newly identified mushroom species – a native of Borneo – Spongiforma squarepantsii.

A newly identified mushroom species named after SpongeBob Squarepants caught our eye and led EarthSky’s Emily Willingham to contact Dennis Desjardin, the scientist who discovered the genus. The mushroom, a native of Borneo, is Spongiforma squarepantsii, one of only two known members of the Spongiforma genus. Its sea-sponge shape inspired its name, which is probably better than any name motivated by its “vaguely fruity or strongly musty” odor. That descriptive comes courtesy of Dennis Desjardin, a professor at San Francisco State University, intrepid fungus hunter, discoverer of the Spongiforma genus, and one of the people to happily blame for naming a mushroom after a cartoon character.


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Really? Named after a cartoon character? Has people really become that dumbed down by media today? Even university scientists are being affected.


I think biologists just like to make their lives a little more humorous by giving things ridiculous names. On that note, there's a family of proteins called the Hedgehog proteins. One of them is called Sonic.



posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 10:45 AM
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Great when test, i could remember it, buts i got admit thats is a cool name



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