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Khaleesi Finally Gets Her Own Sea Slug

12/30/2013 06:19 pm ET
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The mother of dragons is now the mother of ... sea slugs?

A new species of sea slug -- or more formally, a nudibranch -- has been discovered near Northeast Brazil, and has been officially named after Daenerys Targaryen from HBO's "Game of Thrones."

The slug is called Tritonia khaleesi in reference to its resemblance to the character's flowing, white-blond hair.

T. khaleesi is certainly not as imposing as the Mother of Dragons and freer of the Unsullied. The nudibranch measures up to only 12 mm in length and has seven pairs of tiny branchial plumes.

According to Yahoo and Portugese-language media outlet Papelpop, the reasoning behind the slug's naming is this: “The strand of silver on the back of the slug is reminiscent of Khaleesi's braids of silver hair, especially in the last episode of the first season of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. Besides its silver color, the species is one of the smallest sea slugs, just as Khaleesi is described (in the books) as small and juvenile.”

The rapid growth of Khaleesi's army is truly unmatched.

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