Newly discovered deep sea worm named after Yoda from Star Wars

3e2b0121-e79f-4346-a803-24b86817c6ec

Editor's Picks
Features Post
Brighten up your pond
09 August 2022
Features Post
Nature wins
18 July 2022
Features Post
Making sense of the molly muddle
18 July 2022
Features Post
Myanmar’s fragile jewel
18 July 2022


A new species of acorn worm has been named in honour of Yoda from the Star Wars series of films.

Apparently the large lips on the sides of the worm's head reminded scientists of Yoda's ears.

Named Yoda purpurata - which translates as 'Purple Yoda' - the new species was found living 1.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, along the seafloor of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, by researchers from Scotland’s University of Aberdeen.

Deep sea acorn worms live on the seafloor and produce spiral traces of poo that resemble crop circles. These traces have been seen in fossil form, but until recently, nobody knew what produced them.

Why not take out a subscription to Practical Fishkeeping magazine? See our latest subscription offer.