You can Name this Nudibranch

Enter this contest to officially name a recently described nudibranch courtesy of the Western Australian Museum
By Chino Mendoza

A new specie was discovered by Dr Nerida Wilson of Western Australian Museum while diving of the coast of north-west WA.  According to Dr. Wilson, anyone who would have a chance to see this new specie of nudibranch will think that this is th coolest animal in the world.

With this discovery, RN's Off Track partnered with Western Australian Museum is offering a chance for you to help name this new nudibranch specie.  RN's Off Track has the online facility in order for you to submit your entry.and join this rare oppurtunityin naming that nudibranch.

They are looking for the second part of the scientific name for this specie.  The genus (first part of the scientific name) is Moridilla.



Naming of species is very confusing as they use different languages such as Latin and Greek.  Part of the process would be correcting the names grammatically before making it official.

Watch the video of the said nudibranch.



Details of the Contest:


How to Join:

Click here, a new window will popup, scroll down and fill out the form.



  • The entry name for the new specie will be used for the new specie of nudibranch

  • Round trip ticket for two (2) from the nearest capital city in Australia to Perth

  • Two nights accomodation

  • Transfer from Perth airport to accomodation

  • Private tour of the WA Museum, coordinated by the museum, to see the type-specimen.

* 5 Consolation Western Australian Museum prize pack are also offered


Judging Criteria

  1. The name should reflect and embody one or more characteristic/s of the species OR reflect the spirit of scientific endeavour.

  2. You will also be judged on the quality of your explanation of why we should name it.

Final decisions must be approved by the lead scientist describing the species

The final name may need to be altered to make it grammatically correct.


Terms and Condition

  • Travel must include a week day for the tour, as the facility housing the specimen is not open on weekends.

  • Travel must be undertaken by Friday16 December 2016, with a minimum of two weeks’ notice required for travel arrangements.

  • Travel blackout periods include:

    • Queen’s Birthday Weekend (WA))

    • Friday 23/09/16 to Monday 26/09/2016

    • Labour day  Weekend (ACT, NSW, NT, TAS, WA)

    • Sept 30, 2016 - Oct 3, 2016

  • Travel will be coordinated by the WA Museum.

Competition will close at 23:59 on Monday 15 August 2016.

* Only successful applicants will be notified, via the email or phone number supplied on the entry form. Tickets will not be issued. See the full terms and conditions.


Read the full story on the RN's Off Track


Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at

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