This is my current understanding of the situation. The Borg were the first to encounter Species 8472. Presumably, they called them Species 8472 because they have encountered 8471 species before them. Then, everybody else calls them Species 8472, because that's what the Borg called them initially.

  1. Is what I've said so far correct?
  2. What does Species 8472 call themselves?
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    You have to wonder why the Borg have only encountered 8471 species by this point.
    – user46509
    Aug 28, 2015 at 21:38
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    They may have only designated species with numbers who they deem important enough TO number. Or maybe they discovered them a LONG time ago and their number is a reflection of that. The Star Trek Universe hasn't ever given an estimate of the number of species in their galaxy, so we can't tell if 8472 is a high number or not. Aug 28, 2015 at 22:01
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    @CarlSixsmith There does seem to be an implicit "intelligent" qualifier to species, otherwise, the first moment one steps into an ocean at all like Earth's, one encounters thousands of species. :)
    – Lexible
    Aug 29, 2015 at 15:10
  • I think the writers thought Species 8472 sounded cool even though I think it's pretty ignorant of Janeway etc to call them that!
    – ThruGog
    Aug 30, 2015 at 16:11
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    What I would like to know is why the Ferengi are Species 180.
    – user001
    Aug 30, 2015 at 21:21

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  1. Yes

  2. Nothing in canon, but they are called the Undine in Star Trek Online.

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