New tardigrade

New tardigrade

We are proud to announce that invertebrate zoologist Dr. Emma Perry and John Bapst high school student Noelle Killarney – the team that discovered a new species of tardigrade – have asked us to help them in naming the new species. Perry noted, “With everything that has happened in the last six months, we thought it would be nice for people to be part of this new discovery.”

Tardigrades, also known as “water bears” or “moss piglets”, are water-dwelling eight-legged segmented micro-animals. Dr. Perry, who has done the work to confirm that the species is new to us, has put together four name options for the newly discovered tardigrade found in Bangor City Forest; there is also a space for survey takers to suggest a different name.

An interview with Perry and Killarney talking about their discovery can be heard as a bonus episode of the new Maine Science Podcast. Each episode is a conversation with a Mainer who is working in science, engineering, technology, and innovation, and deep-dive into who they are and what they do. Guests include entrepreneurs, researchers, and professors, and now this bonus episode spotlighting a discovery in Maine.

The Tardigrade naming survey ends at 5pm (Eastern) on October 30, 2020, and is at We’ll announce the name in November 2020.

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