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Bazinga! A new species of jellyfish discovered and named

By Shane Graber - Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:00 AM
Named after a catchy quote from Big Bang Theory's Dr. Sheldon Cooper and its unique body morphology, Bazinga rieki is described by Queensland scientists.
Bazinga! A new species of jellyfish discovered and named

Bazinga rieki

Not only is Bazinga rieki a new species, but it is also placed in a new family called BazingidaeThe small, grape-sized jellyfish measure 15 to 20 millimeters at maturity, and was quite possibly mistaken in the past for a juvenile of its much larger cousins.

“It’s pretty rare to discover a new sub-order. This hasn’t happened for well over a hundred years” stated Lisa-ann Gershwin, one of the two marine scientists that discovered the new species. The species was recently described in the journal Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature.

Bazinga rieki's name has a two-fold meaning: the first refers to the catch phrase Dr. Sheldon Cooper says on CBS' The Big Bang Theory. The second meaning refers to a seven-string harp, which the straight radial canals displayed by this species are reminiscent of in its body structure.

Lisa-ann was recently interviewed about the discovery on the Science Show from ABC Radio National, and the interview can be listened to online.


Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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