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The latest in newly discovered species: You pay for it, you get to name it

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This species of deep sea worm is one of many available for naming at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. (Courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)


Jim Scott, named this new species of orchid Polystachea pamelae, after his mother, Pamela Scott, through the German patronage program, BIOPAT. (Courtesy of BIOPAT)


A BIOPAT species naming certificate recognizing that Alan Dean Foster, a novelist from Prescott, Ariz., made a donation to name a new frog after his wife, Jo Ann Oxley. (Courtesy of BIOPAT)

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Want your name in the record books? Can’t find a gift for that special someone? Now you can name a species and help fund the not-so-sexy science of taxonomy