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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)

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

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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


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