English names given to rare species after competition

Sea Piglet, a deep water shrimp Sea piglet was among the new English names given to rare species

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Ten endangered species have been given English names for the first time to draw attention to their plight.

Thousands of suggestions were submitted in a competition organised by Natural England, the Guardian and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Among the winners were sea piglet, for a deep water shrimp, and pixie gowns lichen, which turns green when wet.

A rare beetle found only in Windsor Great Park, which feeds on insect larvae, was named Queen's executioner.

All known species of plant, animal and insect are named in Latin using a scientific system of classification.

While Usnea Florida may mean something to a select few, the lichen it describes - which has special medicinal properties - can now also be known as witches' whiskers.

The competition was designed to encourage interest in, and engagement with, the biodiversity of the UK.

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