‘John David Crowstacean’ newest named animal in Aglantis

October 05, 2015

By Cindie Powell

The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University has announced that Rhys O’Farrell ’13 is the winner of the Aglantis coral banded shrimp naming contest at Texas A&M University. Aglantis is a 300-gallon saltwater aquarium, also named through an online contest, that Texas Sea Grant installed in the Memorial Student Center in 2013 as an Earth Day gift to the Brazos Valley to promote ocean awareness.

“The aquarium is part of Texas Sea Grant’s outreach initiative, sponsored by the Texas A&M Provost’s Office, to promote ocean awareness in the Brazos Valley and on campus and to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources,” said Rhonda Patterson, Texas Sea Grant’s Outreach Specialist.

The winning name, “John David Crowstacean,” honors John David Crow ’58, Texas A&M’s first Heisman Trophy winner and later the university’s athletic director, who died in June. A shrimp is a crustacean, which is a large group of mainly aquatic arthropods having a hard shell or crust.

O'Farrell had some Aggie help coming up with the names he submitted. Helping him brainstorm the winning name were Nathan Bryan ’12, Andrew Street ’13, Josh Andrews ’13, Cody Blain ’13, Daniel Scruggs ’13 and Stephen Feith ’14.

John David Crowstacean joins two other named animals in Aglantis: E. Crab Gill, the maroon-and-white spotted calico crab who is the mascot of Aglantis, and Calypso, a queen angelfish.

For more information on Aglantis or to watch the aquarium live on its two webcams, go to Aglantis website at http://texasseagrant.org/programs/aglantis/, or follow E. Crab Gill on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ecrab.gill.

For more information about Aglantis or Brazos Valley ocean awareness, contact Patterson at r-patterson@tamu.edu or 979-845-3857.

Photos below:

From left, Rhys O’Farrell ’13, Stephen Feith ’14, Nathan Bryan ’12, Daniel Scruggs ’13, Andrew Street ’13 and Josh Andrews ’13.

The newly named John David Crowstacean, a coral banded shrimp.


Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.