Funny Taxonomy: Part 2 (A rose by any other name)

A while ago I wrote a post on Funny Taxonomy, featuring some of the ridiculous names that taxonomists come up with. I recently found a great follow up to that post, so I’m calling it…Funny Taxonomy, part 2!  A rose by any other name…

These examples were all taken from this website: http://home.comcast.net/~johnepler3/names.html

The longest scientific name ever proposed (not in current use): Gammaracanthuskytodermogammarus loricatobaicalensis

Which was for an amphipod.

Amphipods are crustaceans and look like this, courtesy of

Amphipods are crustaceans and look like this, source

The shortest scientific name: Ia io

The Great Evening Bat is actually pretty large

The Great Evening Bat is actually pretty large, source

Interesting names

I like this wasp: Pison eu (you have to say it out loud)

A congeneric Pison species, source

A congeneric Pison species, source

And this one: Aha ha, which according to internet folklore was named because the entomologist who discovered it exclaimed Aha! upon opening the box.  Indeed, a little research yields the manuscript “Aha, a new genus of Australian Sphecidae, and a revised key to the world genera of the tribe Miscophini (Hymenoptera, Larrinae)”, by Mencke (1977).  I was unable to access the manuscript, but I was able to access this paper, which described the second species in the genus, Aha evansi.

Congeneric with Aha ha, this is figure 1 from Lumholdt 1980

Congeneric with Aha ha, this is figure 1 from Lumholdt 1980

And I’ll end with this tribute to one of my favourite artists, Gary Larson: Strigiphilus garylarsoni.  It’s an owl louse, so I’m sure he’d be proud.

Gary Larson's cartoon "The Far Side", is often inspired by entomology, source

Gary Larson’s cartoon “The Far Side”, is often inspired by entomology, source

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One thought on “Funny Taxonomy: Part 2 (A rose by any other name)

  1. Pingback: Putting the Family in Order — A brief review of taxonomy | standingoutinmyfield

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