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(Almost) Every shape found in nature is pretty much described by math, either from Ancient Greeks or from today's Russians and so on. I saw this masterpiece built by a fish to attract a mate:

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What's the name of this shape if any? For example a Platonic solid (no it's not)?

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  • $\begingroup$ Things have names in math if they are referred to very often. This might not be referred to often enough for a common use term to have developed in the language/literature. $\endgroup$ – The Count Jan 9 '17 at 16:47
  • $\begingroup$ "today's Russians"... that's a good one! $\endgroup$ – barak manos Jan 9 '17 at 16:56
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    $\begingroup$ The research first describing this can be found at nature.com/articles/srep02106 . $\endgroup$ – Barry Cipra Jan 9 '17 at 17:01
  • $\begingroup$ @BarryCipra shouldn't that amazing link you shared been posted as an answer? I see your point The Count. Barak, well, I smiled when I wrote it.. =) $\endgroup$ – gsamaras Jan 9 '17 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @gsamaras, well, the link doesn't address your specific question, which I take to be whether the shape has a particular mathematical name. It might be of interest to do a Fourier or wavelet analysis of the shapes, but that would require more detailed data. $\endgroup$ – Barry Cipra Jan 9 '17 at 17:32
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"I can give an equation that produces this" and "this has a name" are not the same thing. I doubt this has a name.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer Stella. That might be the case, I was just wondering... $\endgroup$ – gsamaras Jan 9 '17 at 16:40

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