Phuping Sucharitakul

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Phuping Sucharitakul
ภูพิงค์ สุจริตกุล
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Born (1991-12-03) December 3, 1991 (age 32)
Alma mater
  • Prince Royal’s College
  • Chiang Mai University
  • Griffith University

Phuping Sucharitakul (Thai: ภูพิงค์ สุจริตกุล; 3 December 1991) is a Thai Zoologist specializing in jellyfish. He was criticized for naming a deadly box jellyfish (Chironex indrasaksajiae)[1] after a Thai princess, Princess Indrasakdi Sachi, who shares the same paternal ancestor.


Phuping Sucharitakul was born in the House of Sucharitakul. His father is a grandson of Chao Praya Sudharm Montri, a father of Princess Indrasakdi Sachi and Phra Sucharit Suda,[2] and a grandson of Chao Praya Aphaiphubet from the House of Abhaiwongse (a Cambodian royal family)[3] making him related to both Thai and Cambodian royal families.

After finishing high school at the Prince Royal’s College in 2010, he attended Chiang Mai University. In 2013, he was stung by a box jellyfish nearby a Mrigadayavan Palace, a palace where Princess Indrasakdi Sachi resided.[4] It was his second near death experience after a Kawasaki disease he experienced when he was young.[5] Due to the incident, he was interested in jellyfish researches.[6] He then became an intern in a Phuket Marine Biological Center where he published his first publication on the box jellyfish topic.[7] After that, he was a research assistant at Ramathibodi medical school before going to the University of Auckland as a visiting researcher.[8] In 2017, he attended Griffith University for his PhD.

He was a member of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO under a Mapping the Harmful Jellyfish in the Tropical West Pacific Waters program.[9] He is a member of Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA), vice president of Griffith Thai Students Association and PhD student representative of the Australian River Institute.[10]

Phuping Sucharitakul is also renowned in the hotel business as he is a shareholder of many hotels in Thailand. He is the CEO of the Sucharitdhamrong Pattana Co., Ltd, a real estate company that belongs to his family.


  1. Sucharitakul, P., Chomdej, S., Achalawitkun, T., & Arsiranant, I. (2017). Description of Chironex indrasaksajiae Sucharitakul sp. nov.(Cnidaria, Cubozoa, Chirodropida): a new species of box jellyfish from the Gulf of Thailand. Phuket Mar Biol Cent Res Bull, 74, 33-44
  2. "สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าอินทรศักดิศจี พระวรราชชายา (พระนามเดิม: ประไพ สุจริตกุล; ประสูติ: 10 มิถุนายน พ.ศ. 2445 - สิ้นพระชนม์: 30 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2518) พระมเหสีในพระบาทสมเด็จพระมงกุฎเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว เป็นธิดาของเจ้าพระยาสุธรรมมนตรี (ปลื้ม สุจริตกุล)".
  3. "Khmer-Siam Royal Family Tree". July 23, 2010.
  4. "Royal Jelly - A Deadly New Species".
  5. "ไขความลับชีวิตพิศวงของแมงกะพรุน". SBS Your Language.
  6. Stelling, Tamar (June 3, 2016). "Kwalcongres dag 2 en een beetje 3 – waar is Man Bijt Kwal?". De Correspondent.
  7. Sucharitakul, Phuping (2016). "DNA sequencing complements morphological identification of Chiropsoides from Nam Bor Bay, Phuket, Thailand
  8. "People". Oceans of Biodiversity.
  9. "IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)". IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC).
  10. "HDR Student Information".

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