A brand new species of sea sponge found off the coast of Norfolk has been named Parpal Dumplin by a schoolgirl.
Nine-year-old Sylvie, a pupil at Langham Village School in north Norfolk, selected the identify as a result of, she stated, the sponge is purple and appears like a dumpling.
The sponge was found in chalk beds by divers from Seasearch, a mission to map out near-shore UK coastal areas, a decade in the past.
Sylvie’s suggestion impressed the Marine Conservation Society’s Agents of Change mission, which had requested kids to make use of their creativity to call the species.
Panellists have been unanimous of their choice and significantly preferred that the spelling provides the sponge a powerful connection to Norfolk.
Sponge specialist Claire Goodwin stated she believed Parpal Dumplin to be “a species new to science, in a sub-genus of sponges known as Hymedesmia (Stylopus)”.
“We need to look at specimens deposited in museums to understand how many different Hymedesmia (Stylopus) species exist in the UK and how they differ from this new species,” she stated.
“The Agents of Change naming mission has given the sponge a typical identify that we are able to use till it has a scientific one.
Worldwide, there are greater than 11,000 completely different species of sponge, which assist to maintain seawater clear by filter feeding – consuming tiny particles of meals that float by.
Parpal Dumplin, which was recognized in Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds Marine Conservation Zone, is encrusting, which means it adopts the form of no matter it covers.
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