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Episode 131
Naming Monsters

Ben Frable (photo copyright Josh Schaedel 2011)

Ben Frable (photos ©2011 Josh Schaedel Photography)

What’s in a name? More than you might imagine, if you’re a scientist trying to officially name a new species. In this episode of MonsterTalk, we talk to Ichthyologist Ben Frable about the process (and many challenges) of scientifically identifying and naming new species.

Benjamin Frable is an Ichthyologist and is the Collection Manager of the Marine Vertebrate Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Frable will be on a featured panel of scientists at Comic Con San Diego 2017 on the influence of science on sci-fi and vice versa.

Of Interest

Featured: goblin shark, oarfish (behind Ben), Bathysaurus, a Sarcastic Fringehead, white shark jaw and a stonefish (copyright Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Featured: goblin shark, oarfish (behind Ben), Bathysaurus, a Sarcastic Fringehead, white shark jaw and a stonefish (© Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

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