The Unique Naming Stories of 8 Marine Animals by Biologists

Elysia crispata, the lettuce sea slug, has a lettuce-like appearance with green ruffled parapodia. It’s unique for using chloroplasts to photosynthesize.

Lettuce Sea Slug

The Banana Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens) is named for its bright yellow color and banana-like shape. These fish live in large schools in coral reefs.

Banana Wrasse

Meet the Chocolate Chip Sea Star (Protoreaster nodosus), with spines like chocolate chips. It uses these spines to scare off predators and look tasty.

Chocolate Chip Sea Star

The Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris) blends into the sandy ocean floor with its yellowish tint. Found mostly in the Gulf of Mexico's warm shallows.

Lemon Shark

Cauliflower Jellyfish (Cephea genus) has a crown resembling cauliflower and is a delicacy for sea turtles and humans. A colorful, edible sea creature.

Cauliflower Jellyfish

The Tomato Clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) shines bright red like a tomato among sea anemones. It’s a striking cousin to the famous clownfish.

Tomato Clownfish

The Pancake Batfish (Halieutichthys aculeatus) is flat like a pancake and hides on the ocean floor. It’s named for its unique, flat shape.

Pancake Batfish

Fried Egg Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) looks just like a sunny side up egg. This Mediterranean jellyfish has a vibrant orange “yolk.

Fried Egg Jellyfish

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