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Originally added by an anonymous user, and with horrible grammar, I thought this article was of some use and spruced it up (a bit). The original was already speedy deleted by the time I submitted the edit though. If this species is already present in the wikipedia under another name, please let me know and delete the page. -- Consumed Crustacean | Talk | 00:21, 28 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Origin of term "sea mouse"
The article claims the term is originated from the mat of hairs covering the animal. This is actually nor true. Originally the name mouse was given to it by scandinavian fishermen, who found it in their nets. "Mouse" is a northern European slang word for a vagina. Why they used it is obvious, when looking at the images. Linnaeus, who gave it its Latin name, was Swedish and undoubtedly knew about this and named it, slightly more sophisticated, after the Greek goddess of love.
Source: G.W. Rouse and F. Pleijel. Polychaetes. Oxford University Press, 2001. And online in a book presentation in the NYT: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9806E0DB163CF93BA35754C0A96F958260
In my opinion, this could be in the article, even though it would make the part about the animal itself (which I don't know much about)even more vanishing.--220.127.116.11 (talk) 11:20, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
I think that the title "sea mouse" isn't correct, it is Aphrodita aculeata.