Biology

Millimeter-long marine worm named for La Jolla benefactress Ellen Browning Scripps

Millimeter-long marine worm named for La Jolla benefactress Ellen Browning Scripps

La Jolla benefactress Ellen Browning Scripps has her name on a lot of things around town — a hospital, a grant-giving foundation, an honorary luncheon that doubles as a fundraiser for the La Jolla Historical Society, a park and more. Now there’s another thing that bears her name: a worm found off the coast of La Jolla.

Seemingly less glamorous than her other namesakes, the identification of this species signifies healthy sand, which in turn suggests a healthy marine oceanic ecosystem or beach.

Researchers, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) marine biologist Greg Rouse, were part of the team tasked with naming the millimeter-long marine worm. The team, led by...

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