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August 16, 2017 2:56 PM   Subscribe

....Itsy, Bitsy Polychaete Worms: "Leslie Harris, from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, is a taxonomist who specializes in polychaetes. She’s sharing her expertise with the Smithsonian MarineGEO bioblitz currently underway at the Hakai Institute’s Calvert Ecological Observatory." posted by mandolin conspiracy (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I thought this was pretty nifty (from the bioblitz link):

In the first two weeks of the three-week bioblitz, Paulay estimates they’ve seen more than 1,000 invertebrate species. Many of them are new to science, and now await a proper scientific description and a two-part Latin name. There are bound to be more gasps to come in the final week. The sleuthing continues.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:25 PM on August 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

Itsy bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polychaete bikini...
posted by ZaphodB at 4:06 PM on August 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the post. After reading about Ms. (Dr.?) Harris and her endeavors in polychaete taxonomy, I have concluded that she must be a cool lady that I'd like to get to know better. And the worms....sexxxyy!
Yeah, I'm a biology geek.
posted by strelitzia at 6:58 PM on August 16, 2017

Good timing on this post, since it is #WormWednesday
posted by yarrow at 7:26 PM on August 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

This is awesome. I've had the pleasure to work on more than one bioblitz, and once with Dr. Harris. I am not a taxonomist, nor do I have the right kind of brain to be one. But I am deeply impressed by (and envious of) their seemingly endless knowledge. Sadly, it's increasingly treated as something researchers should do as a hobby, rather than as an important discipline in its own right.
posted by deadbilly at 9:53 PM on August 16, 2017 [1 favorite]

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