Number 8 – Jellyfish Named After Its Victim
Top 10 New Species of 2008
Name: Malo kingi
How it made the Top 10: The new species is the second known species of the dangerous box jellyfish genus Malo, one of several genera of irukandji jellyfish. It is named after American tourist Robert King, who apparently died after being stung by the species while swimming off northern Queensland, Australia. King’s death was a pivotal point in irukandji management, raising public awareness about safety.
Reference: Gershwin, L.A. 2007. Malo kingi: A new species of Irukandji jellyfish (Cnidaria: Cubozoa:Carybdeida), possibly lethal to humans, from Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 1659: 55-68.
Type material: Holotype, Queensland Museum, Brisbane.