Friday, April 5, 2013


Tiny octopus-like microorganisms named after science fiction monsters

The subheading says it all. Some researchers at UBC (University of British Columbia) found some new micro organisms in the saliva of termites. They named them  Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque. They were named so after they were though to swim in an octopus like fashion, although that seems a little bit of a stretch, my instinct is someone in that lab has been itching to name something after Cthulhu since he started grad school, and you don't get to name new species often these days.

This is, however, the first time I have ever heard mention of Cthylla. Maybe I'm not so well versed in the mythos as I would like to think (although she is one of Lumley's, and

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