Cthulhu Macrofasciculumque and his Daughter

Darf ich vorstellen? Cthulhu Macrofasciculumque und Cthylla Microfasciculumque. Die beiden sind ein paar Mikrometer große Parasiten, die in Termiten leben und weil sie wie Octopusse aussehen, hat man die beiden nach Cthulhu und seiner Tochter Cthylla benannt. Iä! Iä! Shub-Niggurath! As a foulness shall ye know Them.

The researchers decided to name them after monstrous cosmic entities featured in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos as an ode to the sometimes strange and fascinating world of the microbe. “When we first saw them under the microscope they had this unique motion, it looked almost like an octopus swimming,” says UBC researcher Erick James, lead author of the paper describing the new protists, published in the online journal PLoS ONE.

The octopus-like movements and appearance of both protists reminded James of the horrid Cthulhu and Cthylla, and the little protists were baptized after the two monsters. Cthulhu is often depicted as a giant, octopus-like entity with wings. Cthylla is his daughter, and has a similar appearance.

UBC: Tiny octopus-like microorganisms named after science fiction monsters (via The Lovecraftsman)
Paper: Cthulhu Macrofasciculumque n. g., n. sp. and Cthylla Microfasciculumque n. g., n. sp., a Newly Identified Lineage of Parabasalian Termite Symbionts