Everybody's favorite science cartoonist Beatrice the Biologist aka Katie McKissick has some ideas for diversifying school mascots.
If you're not familiar with this creatures, then you'll want to spend some time exploring these links. Here's WIRED Science on tardigrades, or water-bears; The Oatmeal on why the mantis shrimp is so awesome; and Jennifer Frazer on archaea, the so-called "third domain" of life.
What underappreciated not-so-charismatic critters do you think would make good mascots?
Header image: Peacock mantis shrimp (Source)