Researchers at The University of British Columbia have discovered two new microscopic organisms that have taken up residence in the intestines of termites. These newly discovered little creatures measure a mere 10-20 microns long and are believed to help the bugs digest wood. Upon observing the octopus-like appearance and movements of these lil’ wood muchers, UBC researcher Erick James elected to name them Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque after the ancient alien gods featured in several early 20th century horror stories by H.P. Lovecraft.
The official research article featuring pictures and videos of the Great Old One and his daughter are now available on the international, open access research journal PLOS ONE.